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  • n. Alternative spelling of conveyor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, conveys or carries, transmits or transfers.
  • n. One given to artifices or secret practices; a juggler; a cheat; a thief.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who conveys; one who or that which conveys, carries, transports, transmits, or transfers from one person or place to another. Also sometimes conveyor.
  • n. Specifically, a mechanical contrivance for carrying objects. Applied to those adaptations of band-buckets or spirals which convey grain, chaff, flour, bran, etc., in threshers, elevators, or grinding-mills, or materials to upper stories of warehouses or shops, or buildings in course of erection. Also applied to those arrangements of carriages traveling on ropes by which hay lifted by the horse-fork is conveyed to distant parts of a barn or mow, or materials are carried to a building.
  • n. An impostor; a cheat; a thief.
  • n. In transportation, a general term applied to a variety of machines used in moving coal, grain, and other materials in bulk over short distances, in a horizontal direction or up and down moderate inclines.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a moving belt that transports objects (as in a factory)
  • n. a person who conveys (carries or transmits)


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  • Machinery Company, of Chicago, is now erecting for Mr. Charles E. Coffin, of Muirkirk, Md., about 450 ft. of this conveyer, which is to carry the hot roasted iron ore from the kilns on an incline of about one foot in twelve up to the crusher.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 421, January 26, 1884

  • There's this thing called the conveyer, and the conveyer does this kind of transition back and forth.

    Comments at Boxes and Arrows

  • This was set up, by contributions among the millers, at Shipley's great mill in Wilmington, and also introduced into his own, where his other inventions of the "conveyer" and the

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 25, April, 1873

  • The calcined material, on reaching the lower end of the furnace, is discharged on to the floor or on to a suitable "conveyer," and removed to a convenient locality for cooling and subsequent grinding or finishing.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 620, November 19,1887

  • It involved reaching up to the conveyer belt and plucking up the bottles.

    mise en bouteille / wine bottling

  • It was like a Goya painting: Men, their muscles rippling and bodies glistening in the 90-degree heat of the warehouse, fed carpets onto a conveyer where they were soaked with jets of soap and water.

    Why the Carpet Is White

  • Even before they were loaded onto the conveyer, workers sprayed them with a stain remover-dispensing wand and poured spot remover onto a couple of the more diabolical blotches.

    Why the Carpet Is White

  • Couple this with the hypothesis that freshwater melt from Greenland pouring into the Davis Strait dilutes the salinity of the Gulf Stream, which could turn off the Halide (salt) conveyer and turn off the Gulf Stream.

    Man made global warming? No way!

  • Once we've fought and lost a losing battle with the pondweed, we spy some pennywort, a weed that sits underneath the water and requires us to go at it repeatedly, using the arm of the conveyer belt to detach it from reeds and scoop it up on to the belt.

    A working life: the lock keeper

  • We go at the weed, which lies on the surface of the water like a toxic scum, with a rolling conveyer belt, which lifts the plant off the water, along rubber runners towards the back of the barge, where it drops off, ready to be dumped later.

    A working life: the lock keeper


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