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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Without large reserves of water, Australian firefighters are used to getting up close and personal with fire, employing hand-tools and bulldozers to build containment lines. Ceridwen Dovey, The New Yorker, "“It’s a Worldwide Problem”: How North American and Australian Firefighters Work Together," 1 Feb. 2020 The historical landmark, just listed at $3.595 million, might have found itself in a bulldozer's path if it hadn't been purchased and extensively renovated by William Caudell and Randy Powers in 2001. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Listed: River Oaks landmark blends 1920s history with modern luxe," 2 Jan. 2020 In the creek bed, a bulldozer shoveled up trash, debris and grass. Sara Cline, ExpressNews.com, "‘The worst it’s been’ — clearing San Antonio homeless encampments no easy task," 29 Nov. 2019 Suddenly, at around 5:30 P.M., the flames raced eastward, killing firefighting bulldozer operator Don Smith, as well as a civilian in his home. Jason M. Forthofer, Scientific American, "Can Scientists Predict Fire Tornadoes?," 20 Nov. 2019 The state agency posted a video online that showed wildlife workers keeping the manatee wet until a bulldozer plowed a trench that allowed river water to reach the animal. USA TODAY, "Pooch hit by car goes for ride, manatee rescued, unusual toilet paper roller: News from around our 50 states," 1 Nov. 2019 Using front loaders, excavators and bulldozers, workers placed soil in piles on the edges of the site, covered with large tarps. Helene Stapinski, New York Times, "How to Get Rid of 9,000 Tons of Toxic Topsoil," 16 Jan. 2020 But helicopter and bulldozer tropes are not only about what these parents do. Dasia Moore, Quartz, "Being a protective black mom isn’t a parenting choice—it’s the only choice," 20 Dec. 2019 The 5-year-old boy who loved books and puzzles, playing with firetrucks, bulldozers and his two brothers was fatally beaten in his own home, prosecutors say. Christy Gutowski, chicagotribune.com, "Two troubled people met at a McHenry County courthouse in 2012. Today, they stand charged in the murder of their 5-year-old son.," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of bulldozer

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bulldozer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulldozer. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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