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 See all the plastic waste, some flying in the wind, some sticking out of mounds a worker is trying to cover with a bulldozer, some in moats floating around the landfill. John Christopher Fine, sun-sentinel.com, "Plastic debris is choking the ocean | Opinion," 18 Mar. 2021 The bulldozer driver turned around, got in his truck, and never came back. Cathy Huyghe, Forbes, "Napa Before The Grape Vines: Three Snapshots Of The Napa Valley From The 1960s," 26 Feb. 2021 But more often than not what MacGillis finds is Goliath steering a bulldozer over everything in his path. Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Exposing life in the shadows of the United States of Amazon," 10 Mar. 2021 Sewell is a 6-6, 325-pound bulldozer in the run game, routinely displacing players at the first and second levels of the defense with inordinate power at the point of attack. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 potential offensive tackle targets for the Dallas Cowboys in the 2021 NFL draft," 24 Feb. 2021 Officials are still investigating, but the front of an 18-wheeler, along with a bulldozer, could be seen in front of the train on the tracks Monday. Tandra Smith | Tsmith@al.com, al, "Pray for families of person killed, those injured, by train, Prichard mayor says," 18 Nov. 2020 Vehicles that look like a cross between a bus and a bulldozer would traverse the frozen tundra in a rectangular grid pattern 200 meters by 400 meters. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Plan to map oil in Alaska’s Arctic refuge ignores environmental risks, critics say," 21 Dec. 2020 The most agonizing shots in the film might be those of a bulldozer carrying off the small, seemingly inconsequential pile of wood and rugs that was once this family’s home. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, "Acasa, My Home Shows the Poetry and Peril of a Life Off the Grid," 16 Jan. 2021 Over 2½ days, 59 firefighters and 34 state prison inmates joined an improbable rescue, risking their lives to retrieve a bulldozer driver’s body from a ravine. San Francisco Chronicle, "The best of Chronicle storytelling," 1 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of bulldozer

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Mar 2021

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“Bulldozer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulldozer. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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