from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In some locomotives, a timber to which the cowcatcher or pilot is fastened, designed to receive the shock or blow of a collision.


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  • Then up and spoke a small, newish switching-engine, with a little step in front of his bumper-timber, and his wheels so close together that he looked like a broncho getting ready to buck.

    The Day's Work - Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling 1900


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