• WordNet 3.6
    • n shunter a small locomotive used to move cars around but not to make trips
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Shunter (Railroad) A person employed to shunt cars from one track to another.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shunter One who or that which shunts; specifically, a railway-servant whose duty it is to move the switches which transfer a train or carriage from one line to another.
    • n shunter A hand-lever used to start and move a railroad-car. It is fitted with a hook to be slipped over the car-axle, and a lug to press against the face of the wheel. See pinch-bar and carstarter.
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In literature:

The little chimney of the van smokes, and I hear the voices of guards and shunters talking cheerily together.
"The Upton Letters" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Intelligent non-commissioned officers and men were converted into shunters, guards, and pointsmen.
"The River War" by Winston S. Churchill
Coupling under slow movement, the wagons being shunted together by two shunters.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 601, July 9, 1887" by Various
Job Lorimer, foreman shunter, Kentish Town.
"The Sailor" by J. C. Snaith
But a shunter came along and turned us out.
"The Journal of a Disappointed Man" by Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
The shunters of the yard are a hard-working body of men, and they are exposed to many dangers.
"Life in a Railway Factory" by Alfred Williams