bulldozer

noun
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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King County has only one active landfill, where the rubbish produced by more than 1.4 million people is hauled, dumped, compacted and layered into a modest trash mountain lorded over by a fleet of semi-trucks, bulldozers and bald eagles. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "King County’s landfill has been almost full for two decades. What happens next?," 26 Mar. 2019 That ash can contain arsenic, selenium, lead and mercury. Sunday afternoon, bulldozers could be seen hauling sand to repair two breaches in the containment area. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Florence Washes Away Portion of Coal-Ash Landfill in North Carolina," 16 Sep. 2018 The mine drained an estimated 10 million gallons of water (38 million liters) last month to rescue a contractor who became trapped inside of a bulldozer for more than two hours after sliding into a pond. Washington Post, "Tests show toxic heavy metals near Wisconsin sand mine spill," 7 June 2018 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 2017 Immediately, the miniseries gets this story underway as tiny rabbit Fiver (Nicholas Hoult) has a prophetic vision of rabbits being chopped in half by bulldozers and fields welling with blood, bringing to mind the elevator in The Shining. Aja Romano, Vox, "Netflix’s new Watership Down proves the beloved children’s classic was a horror story all along," 30 Dec. 2018 Now, Myanmar’s government is using bulldozers to literally erase them from the earth — in a vast operation rights groups say is destroying crucial evidence of mass atrocities against the nation’s ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority. Washington Post, "Myanmar bulldozes what is left of Rohingya Muslim villages," 23 Feb. 2018 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

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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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bulldozer

noun

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

bulldozer

noun
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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