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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German news agency dpa reported Wednesday that armored military bulldozers were working to clear a firebreak around the blaze in Luebtheen and additional vehicles were to be brought in over the course of the day. Washington Post, "German military clears fire break to contain massive blaze," 3 July 2019 The four corners of a crawler are supported by pairs of bulldozer-like tracks. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Before Apollo moon rockets went 24,000 mph, they traveled less than 1 mph on crawler to launch pad," 29 June 2019 Suppression repair involves activities such as filling in bulldozer lines. Rocky Baier, azcentral, "Woodbury Fire 25% contained as crews work to protect property near Arizona highways," 23 June 2019 Fifty-seven engines, 11 water tenders, 4 helicopters, 25 hand crews and 12 bulldozers have been dispatched to fight the fire, with 740 people combatting the blaze. Ashley Mcbride, SFChronicle.com, "Firefighters make progress in battling Sand Fire, Malech Fire," 10 June 2019 These bulldozers with armored cabs roll off the barges pulling sleds with steel mats to build roads across the soft sand. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2019 Spotting an abandoned bulldozer, Cota asked for a volunteer to drive it. Ron Grossman, chicagotribune.com, "‘I’d like to volunteer, sir’: Memories of D-Day live on through oral histories," 5 June 2019 Lawnmower parenting — also called snowplow parenting and bulldozer parenting — happens when parents go out of their way to remove obstacles from their children's lives. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Lawnmower Parenting? Experts Say It Frequently Backfires," 11 Apr. 2019 The contractor will use heavy construction equipment such as dump trucks, excavators and bulldozers to remove trees, vegetation and excavated soil. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Flood Control District project under way in west Houston," 13 June 2019

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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 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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