from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A trough or spout down which coal slides from a bin or pocket to a locomotive tender, or to vessels, carts, or cars.


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  • Most of the burgled houses had their doors fitted with strong, sophisticated thief-proof locks, but the coal-chute doors were secured by very simple locks — after all, who would want to steal a few pieces of coal?

    Frost at Christmas

  • "Through the coal-chute," said the first constable and limped around the front to show them.

    Frost at Christmas

  • But with the coal-chute door forced open, all the intruder had to do was slither down into the coal cellar and out through the inner door, straight into the house.

    Frost at Christmas

  • I think you will like the room-it faces on the coal-chute, and has hot and cold folding-doors, and running water when the roof leaks!

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior

  • Then Mr. Duncan talked about gardening, and from that to Dave's skill in backing his team to the coal-chute, and from that to coal itself.

    The Cow Puncher

  • Mr. Duncan, tall, quiet, and forty-five, was at work in his garden as Dave turned the team in the lane and backed them up the long, narrow drive connecting with the family coal-chute.

    The Cow Puncher

  • He drew behind the gun a sort of trestle, with little cars, not unlike the Scenic Railway, on which ammunition was delivered into the breech by something strongly resembling a coal-chute.

    Long Live the King!

  • And our little procession of three carriages with white-favour-adorned horses and drivers, went through all the huge, noisy, indifferent traffic like a lost china image in the coal-chute of an ironclad.

    Tono Bungay

  • The mate, looking down the bridge, which slanted more than a coal-chute, whistled softly to himself.

    Flanagan and His Short Filibustering Adventure.

  • Why, it can't be more than mid-afternoon, yet it's as dark as a stack of black cats in a coal-chute. "

    On a Torn-Away World Or, the Captives of the Great Earthquake


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