bucket loader

noun

plural bucket loaders
1
: a tractor that has a bucket (see bucket entry 1 sense 2a) mounted on the front and that is used for digging and truck loading
The bucket loader is among the 28 pieces of heavy equipment that students learn to operate in one of the more than 16 career tracks offered, and … they learn how to maintain and repair them all, too.Sarah Elmquist Squires
2
: a mobile bucket conveyor for loading loose materials into trucks or railway cars

Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bucket loader was in 1901

Dictionary Entries Near bucket loader

Cite this Entry

“Bucket loader.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bucket%20loader. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!