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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Last month, the Lebanese army complained to UNIFIL, the U.N. peacekeeping force, saying Israeli bulldozers working on the barrier were encroaching on the Lebanese side. Fox News, "Israeli wall rising near border with Lebanon stokes tensions," 6 Sep. 2018 Moses refused to meet with the petition’s signers, instead sending in the bulldozers on April 17. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "How not to cheat children: Let them build their own playgrounds," 18 July 2018 Print subscribers get a password for your existing account here That all changed this week when the bulldozers arrived. John Tedesco, San Antonio Express-News, "City says developer who clear cut trees was following rules," 29 June 2018 Far into the night, the Helms could hear the bulldozer grinding, carving a road to where the firefighters died. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "5 years later: 5 new things about fire that killed Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters," 24 June 2018 Even now robotic bulldozers and dump trucks were at work trundling more regolith onto the building across the way. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson’s next book," 18 Oct. 2018 One by one, each mixer, dump truck, and bulldozer finishes up their job and says goodnight. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Parents Swear 'Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site' Will Instantly Make Your Kids Fall Asleep," 24 July 2018 At least 1,439 are fighting the blaze, using 14 bulldozers and four helicopters to expand containment. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Evacuations still in effect as crews fight to contain Pawnee Fire in Lake County," 26 June 2018 Content from Wells Fargo Khan al-Ahmar has been fighting demolition for decades, but Israel’s Supreme Court ruled in May that its destruction is legal, and in recent weeks, Israel has begun preparing to demolish the village with bulldozers. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "As Israeli bulldozers circle, a tiny village takes center stage in Palestinian struggle," 11 July 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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