bull·doz·er | \-ˌdō-zər \

Definition of bulldozer 

1 : one that bulldozes

2 : a tractor-driven machine usually having a broad horizontal blade for moving earth

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The fire was reported at 2:47 p.m. Thursday on Bradshaw Road near Calvine Road, and 50 firefighters responded, using a bulldozer and helicopter to control the fire. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Illegal aerial fireworks spark Elk Grove blaze, force evacuation of school, authorities say," 22 June 2018 On Thursday, five tents in a camp near Gaza City were moved to within 300 meters of the fence and bulldozers raised a new protective berm. Fox News, "Gaza protest camps moved closer to Israel border fence," 19 Apr. 2018 Shore towns positioned bulldozers, front-end loaders and other heavy equipment to deal with beach erosion from a system that could dump up to 18 inches of snow elsewhere. Washington Post, "Northeast braces for wintry wallop on 1st day of spring," 20 Mar. 2018 Now the former Google engineer is turning that dream into a reality with Built Robotics, a startup that's developing technology to allow bulldozers, excavators and other construction vehicles to operate themselves. Terence Chea, USA TODAY, "Productivity boost? Robots break new ground in the construction industry," 19 Mar. 2018 While most residents have their power back, it has been interrupted at times by blackouts, including one caused by a bulldozer hitting a transmission line. NBC News, "U.S. plans to remove backup power generators in Puerto Rico. Officials worry it's hurricane season.," 11 July 2018 Tiger got up on a bulldozer and totally changed the sport’s landscape. Nick Canepa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tiger Woods is back if back holds up, and that’s great news," 17 Mar. 2018 Four engines, a hotshot crew, a bulldozer, an air-attack aircraft and two helicopters fought the fire, officials said. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Crews stop spread of northern Arizona wildfire," 28 June 2018 In total, the 25 percent tariffs will fall on 1,102 categories of Chinese goods, including nuclear reactors, aircraft engine parts, bulldozers, ball bearings, motorcycles, and industrial and agricultural machinery. New York Times, BostonGlobe.com, "US and China expand trade war as Beijing vows to match Trump’s tariffs," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of bulldozer

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bulldozer was in 1876

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English Language Learners Definition of bulldozer

: a powerful and heavy vehicle that has a large curved piece of metal at its front and that is used for moving dirt and rocks and pushing over trees and other structures


bull·doz·er | \ˈbu̇l-ˌdō-zər \

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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