• WordNet 3.6
    • n pusher a small vehicle with four wheels in which a baby or child is pushed around
    • n pusher a sandal attached to the foot by a thong over the toes
    • n pusher someone who pushes
    • n pusher an unlicensed dealer in illegal drugs
    • n pusher one who intrudes or pushes himself forward
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pusher (Railroad) a second engine attached to the rear of a train to provide extra power for climbing steep grades.
    • Pusher One who sells illegal drugs, esp. one who tries to convince others to use such drugs.
    • Pusher One who, or that which, pushes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pusher One who or that which pushes; one who drives forward.
    • n pusher In mech., a stem or rod, usually with a button on the outer end, by which, from the outside of an inclosed space, some movement or result is accomplished within the space by pressing upon the button or outer extremity of the rod to push it toward the interior: as, the pusher of an electric signal or a system of electric bells, whereby an electric circuit is completed or broken.
    • n pusher One of the levers of a type-setting machine, which, when touched on the keyboard, dislodges and pushes out a type.
    • n pusher In railroading, an assisting locomotive placed behind a train to aid the train-engine in surmounting a steep grade. The use of a pusher over a short incline makes it possible to handle heavy trains with single engines over long levels above and below the incline.
    • n pusher A glove-like protection made of chamois-skin or soft leather to be slipped on over the toes and instep when wearing the shoes used in running and other athletic sports.
    • n pusher A small implement, usually of silver, used by a child, at table, to push its food upon a fork or spoon.
    • n pusher Nautical, the seventh mast on a seven-masted vessel, the masts being named in order as follows: fore-, main-, raizzen-, jigger-, spanker-, driver-, and pusher-mast.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pusher one who pushes: a stem or rod
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. pousser—L. pulsāre, freq. of pellĕre, pulsum, to beat.


In literature:

His name should be "Pusher," "Advance Man," or something of that sort, and not artist.
"Adventures in the Arts" by Marsden Hartley
Next the "rear-elevator" pusher, 1912, followed by first tractor, 1913, with an outside flywheel.
"The Aeroplane Speaks" by H. Barber
The American is a pusher.
"The American Credo" by George Jean Nathan
The F.E.2b pusher, discarded as a fighting machine, became the principal night-bomber.
"Aviation in Peace and War" by Sir Frederick Hugh Sykes
At the rear the "pusher off" half reclined, graceful and nonchalant.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
As they drew near he recognized in them the three car-pushers recently driven from the White Pine Mine.
"The Copper Princess" by Kirk Munroe
As each horizontal or woof thread is added, shove it close to the preceding one with the ruler, which acts as a pusher.
"Construction Work for Rural and Elementary Schools" by Virginia McGaw
Generally four mules are hitched to a pusher in the rear of the grader and six or eight in the lead.
"American Rural Highways" by T. R. Agg
Hope you aren't a pen-pusher, because pen-pushing isn't for you for some time to come.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
All labor time is of equal value, that of the barrow pusher and that of the architect.
"Landmarks of Scientific Socialism" by Friedrich Engels

In poetry:

Operation Haylift Offisir Wm Colby
Saw Marshall Ky fly opium Mr. Mustard told me
Indochina desk he was Chief of Dirty Tricks
"Hitch-hiking" with dope pushers was how he got his fix
"CIA Dope Calypso" by Allen Ginsberg

In news:

Richard Coyle in " Pusher ".
Father-Son Team Has Plan for 'Hybrid Dinghy Pusher '.
The Woody's Pusher was designed by H.L.
The medium sized pusher towboat is a stable of the US Inland waterways marine transport.
But what is up with line pushers.
Music / Crickets Executive-friendly soundtrack-licensing pusher .
The Apollo Sceptre is rare these days, but the Class A pusher was top of the line in its time.
Policy pushers tack wish lists to EchoStar/DirecTV merger.
I have a 2006 Fleetwood Expedition diesel-pusher motorhome that I purchased new.
Several Laundromats here have been using "coin-pusher" gambling games that come filled with coins and prizes, according to the New York Daily News.
Perfect for me, a notorious snooze-button pusher.
'Pusher' pops and gives the tired tale of the drug trade life anew (B).
Cunningham's four-man team included pushers Andreas Drbal of Belmont, Adam Clark of Owenton, Ky.
Confessed Subway Pusher Says He Didn't Mean to Kill Victim.
As presidential campaign ends, hopes dashed for issues pushers.

In science:

Cells for which p > 0 are called “pushers,” and include typical swimming spermatozoa, or bacteria such as E. coli.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Pushers repel fluid from the body along the long axis, and draw fluid in to the sides (Fig. 11a; the red solid arrows represent local forcing from the cell on the surrounding fluid).
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Therefore two pushers attract each other, while two pullers repel each other [173].
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
As was the case for the attraction/repulsion between cells, both ω and E change sign with p, and qualitatively different rotational behaviors are expected to occur for pushers vs. pullers.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Nearby pushers on a converging course induce flow fields on each other that reorient them in the side-by-side configuration (Fig. 11c).
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms