American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large, steam-driven machine for digging.
- n. See power shovel.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A digging-, dredging-, or excavating-machine, driven by steam in its own engine from its own boiler: usually mounted on a car to run upon the rails of a track and used in mining, canal, and railway work. Called steam-navvy in England. It is essentially the same as the dredge, but is operated on land instead of from a boat. See cut at excavator.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a machine with a scoop or scoops, operated by a steam engine, for excavating earth, as in making railway cuttings.
- n. a power shovel that is driven by steam
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