bull·​doz·​er | \ ˈbu̇l-ˌdō-zər How to pronounce bulldozer (audio) also ˈbəl- \

Definition of bulldozer

1 : one that bulldozes
2 : a tractor-driven machine usually having a broad horizontal blade for moving earth

Examples of bulldozer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Expectant mothers were taken to hospitals by sled, bulldozer and snowplow. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 12 June 2022 Small-scale sabotage, like pouring sugar into a bulldozer’s gas tank, had always been part of radical-environmentalist culture. New York Times, 26 May 2022 Often used interchangeably with more derisive terms such as helicopter parenting, bulldozer parenting, and snowplow parenting, intensive parenting has its appeals. Elliot Haspel, The Atlantic, 10 May 2022 The winds spread the fire southeast on Sunday afternoon, where it was met with bulldozer lines and firefighters, and to the northeast, where crews will move to protect homes and other structures, authorities said. Washington Post, 8 May 2022 And every tree cut down or pushed over by a bulldozer chips away at those important benefits. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Apr. 2022 Another man interviewed by The New York Times was a bulldozer driver who worked in the Najha cemetery for seven months in 2012. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 The nearly 13-minute recording shows a bulldozer moving rubble into a garbage truck and an excavator picking through the wreckage. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 But in nearby Severodonetsk, workers brought a fresh batch of corpses in body bags to the southern edge of the city, even as a bulldozer dug out a fresh furrow in the expanding cemetery. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bulldozer

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jun 2022

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“Bulldozer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulldozer. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for bulldozer


bull·​doz·​er | \ ˈbu̇l-ˌdō-zər How to pronounce bulldozer (audio) \

Kids Definition of bulldozer

: a motor vehicle with tracks instead of tires and a large wide blade for pushing (as in clearing land of trees)

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