railway locomotive

Definitions of railway locomotive
  1. noun
    a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks
    synonyms: engine, locomotive, locomotive engine
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    a child's word for locomotive
    diesel locomotive
    a locomotive driven by a diesel engine
    dinkey, dinky
    a small locomotive
    electric locomotive
    a locomotive that is powered by an electric motor
    iron horse
    (c. 1840) an early term for a locomotive
    pilot engine
    a locomotive that precedes a train to check the track
    a small locomotive used to move cars around but not to make trips
    steam locomotive
    a locomotive powered by a steam engine
    donkey engine, switch engine
    a locomotive for switching rolling stock in a railroad yard
    tank engine, tank locomotive
    a locomotive that carries its own fuel and water; no tender is needed
    traction engine
    steam-powered locomotive for drawing heavy loads along surfaces other than tracks
    diesel-electric, diesel-electric locomotive
    a locomotive driven by the electric current generated by a diesel engine
    diesel-hydraulic, diesel-hydraulic locomotive
    a locomotive driven by a hydraulic transmission system powered by a diesel engine
    type of:
    self-propelled vehicle
    a wheeled vehicle that carries in itself a means of propulsion
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