Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An American type of locomotive engine having six driving-wheels and four supporting-wheels in the truck. The three drivers on each side are the same as in the Mogul type, but the extra two wheels in the truck make possible an engine with a longer boiler and greater steam-making surface, and which is somewhat safer as regards tendency to become derailed.

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Examples

  • Behind her, a Peterbilt ten-wheeler that had been charging up on her tail wobbled and tipped over and kept coming, on its side, leaving a trail of fire as it slid past and finally came to a stop ahead of her.

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  • You find guys like him driving ten-wheeler transport trucks, or flying, or sometimes as chief petty officers in the Navy, on a sub or a destroyer.

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  • Really, it's like a road accident where you're told that a motorcyclist has been torn apart by a ten-wheeler up on the road ahead.

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  • "What's he doing?" screamed Nuchols as a ten-wheeler cut across his path for the third time.

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  • Wind buffeted the van as a ten-wheeler streaked past on his left, the clattering trailer bouncing up and down.

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  • The ten-wheeler swooped across the lanes, smashed into the car and propelled it toward the edge of the raised highway.

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  • Joe and his guide reached one of the entrances as a ten-wheeler truck came in with a load of shining metal plates.

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  • It will be long, however, before such another run is made as that over the last 86 miles by the ten-wheeler, with William Tunkey in charge.

    McClure's Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 3, February 1896

  • Somewhat heavier than its predecessors (weighing 56-1/2 tons in working order), this engine was a ten-wheeler, with three pairs of coupled drivers and a four-wheeled swivelling truck.

    McClure's Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 3, February 1896

  • But never before has an engine done what the ten-wheeler did that day, when it reached 80 miles an hour and held the speed for half an hour; reached 85 miles an hour and held that for nearly ten minutes; reached 90 miles and held that for three or four consecutive miles.

    McClure's Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 3, February 1896

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