traction engine

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n traction engine steam-powered locomotive for drawing heavy loads along surfaces other than tracks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Traction engine a locomotive for drawing vehicles on highways or in the fields.
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Usage

In literature:

Traction engines were, as far as I know, never employed as a means of transporting the sick.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
A traction-engine grumbled its way along, shaking foundations and setting bed and ornaments a-trembling.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
I 'ate the sight of the beast, and I'd sooner 'ave a traction-engine running about my beds than him!
"The Giant's Robe" by F. Anstey
We stood about on the road waiting for another traction engine and waggons to get our kits carried for us.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
That year the threshing was done in the fields with a traction engine.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
Traction-engines have in some places supplanted the ox-wagon for bringing agricultural produce to market.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
A rusty traction engine rested upon a decked scow almost square in form.
"The Triumph of Virginia Dale" by John Francis, Jr.
Can drive anything from a dog-team to a traction engine.
"The Bail Jumper" by Robert J. C. Stead
In December, 1833, about 20 steam-carriages and traction road-engines were running, or were in course of construction, in and near London.
"A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine" by Robert H. Thurston
At one point he discerned a traction engine hauling a string of laden wagons.
"The Son of his Father" by Ridgwell Cullum
So the bargain was struck, and we were soon puffing away like traction engines.
"Fordham's Feud" by Bertram Mitford
Traction railways and engines, 436.
"Inventions in the Century" by William Henry Doolittle
The old red flag of traction-engine law obtains at Blackheath still.
"The Happy Golfer" by Henry Leach
Delayed for a time after leaving Adderbury by the collapse of a traction engine on the road.
"The Cruise of the Land-Yacht "Wanderer"" by Gordon Stables
Combined Traction Engine and Steam Fire Engine.
"Scientific American, Vol. XXXIX.--No. 24. [New Series.], December 14, 1878" by Various
Corrugated Traction Tire for Portable Engines, etc.
"Scientific American, Vol. XLIII.--No. 1. [New Series.], July 3, 1880" by Various
Before the hotel building had fairly left the town, other traction engines were brought to the town.
"The Conquest" by Oscar Micheaux
But in traction engines the Lincoln firms outstrip all their competitors.
"The Argentine as a Market" by N. L. Watson
The cost of plowing with a traction engine depends upon so many factors that it is difficult to make any definite statement.
"Farm Mechanics" by Herbert A. Shearer
Sometimes a traction engine moves along with the plow.
"Stories of Useful Inventions" by Samuel Eagle Foreman
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In news:

The lights are traction control and ABS brakes, and at times the service engine light pops on.
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The powerplant in 300 pounds heavier than the Series C engine, which means additional traction while trenching and plowing.
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