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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Since Wednesday morning, bulldozers have been constructing dirt berms at a location near the border. CNN, "Tensions high along Gaza-Israel border as Palestinians call for 'Friday of Fire'," 5 Apr. 2018 Makers of everything from bulldozers to computer chips have bet heavily on growing business in a country of 1.4 billion people with an increasing appetite for world-class consumer goods and infrastructure. Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "Manufacturers Take a Sales Hit in China," 27 Jan. 2019 Ah, the sounds of summer: waves crashing on the shore, the calls of seagulls, the beep-beep-beep of bulldozers in reverse ... New Jersey residents love their beaches, one of the state's economic engines and a tourist magnet. Fox News, "The noise of summer: Beach projects bug residents, visitors," 28 July 2018 Oxenrider had not been trained in proper parking procedures for that model, and the bulldozer rolled backwards, killing him before falling to the bottom of the embankment. Nicole Goodkind, Newsweek, "Trump Says He 'Saved Coal,' but Miner Deaths Nearly Doubled in His First Year," 27 Jan. 2018 Varney was driving a bulldozer to create a gap in vegetation to keep the flames from extending into a nearby community, according to Cal Fire Fire Chief Nancy Koerperich. Fox News, "Deadly fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park," 16 July 2018 After the engineers had cleared a path for the assault infantry to advance on the pillboxes, the first heavy equipment to come ashore was the bulldozers. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2017 Parcak talks about the different categories of looters, ranging from locals who occasionally loot to ease their grinding poverty to organized gangs, which show up with bulldozers, machine guns, and large work crews. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Finding Pharaoh and spotting looters from orbit," 1 Nov. 2018 One day before the votes would be tallied in the election, a bulldozer was breaking ground on the pickleball complex. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "A Retirement Wealth Gap Adds a New Indignity to Old Age," 4 Oct. 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 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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