from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mill or machine for crushing or grinding stone or ores for use on roads, etc.; an ore-crusher; an ore-mill; a stone-breaker (which see).
  • n. It consists, usually, of two or more jaws of hardened or chilled metal which are brought together to a gaged distance by a toggle-joint or other system of levers. The rock is fed in to the upper end of these jaws, which are inclined to each other, and as the movable jaw recedes from the fixed one and advances toward it by the toggle action, the rock feeds itself downward and is crushed by the nip of the jaw. The first crusher was designed by Blake of New Haven, Connecticut, and first patented in 1858. In connection with crushers there are usually sizing-screens,—revolving hollow barrels with perforated sides,—by which the crushed material is mechanically sorted. Crushers are much used in the building of permanent roads, the manufacture of concrete and cement, as well as in mining and the separation of ores.


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  • States section, where it belongs, is shown by two English firms; and though some Europeans profess to have improved upon its details, no efficient substitute has been found for it, but it remains the premium stone-crusher of the world, and has rendered services in the exploitation of gold quartz and silver ores, and in the crushing of stones for public works and for concretes, which can hardly be exaggerated.

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  • That afternoon I had gone to the quarries and found my man superintending the gang in charge of the stone-crusher.

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  • The priest commences to speak; he pleads, he reasons with the boss of the stone-crusher.

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  • You don't expect a watch to be treated like a stone-crusher.

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  • His feet will be hardened, he will dance over the macadam mixed streets with the callosity of a stone-crusher, and the fugacious cat will be lucky if it gets its tail through the fence in time.

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  • A stone-crusher, as long as one works one's will with it, makes it say something, is nearer to nature than a college.

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  • The generous resident had purchased a stone-crusher and other necessaries for the work; but they have been used only on private grounds.

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  • States that will never see the dirt-cart or the stone-crusher in the lifetime of any man alive to-day.

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  • Those heaps of stones broken by the hammer of a poor wretch who bends over his dull task through the weary day by the roadside, scantily clad, in sharp frost perhaps or chilling showers, are they more lovely to a painter's eye than if they had been broken, without so much human labour and suffering, by a steam stone-crusher?

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