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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fuel metering/delivery pump at a filling station.
  • n. A road vehicle (often a trailer) for the transport of liquid fuel, particularly aviation fuel at an airfield.
  • n. A mobile water tank deployed to distribute fresh water in emergency situations where the normal system of piped distribution has broken down or is insufficient.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The bursar or treasurer of a college.

Etymologies

From Bowser ("a surname"), after Sylvanus Bowser US inventor of the first fuel pump; also a trade name of SF Bowser inc., the inventor's company. (Wiktionary)

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  • "The village was empty. The flank of a sleeping dog heaved in the shade of a blue water bowser."
    Meander: From East to West, Indirectly, Along a Turkish River by Jeremy Seal, p 164 of the Bloomsbury USA hardcover edition

    August 28, 2012