Definition of cab-forward

of a train or automotive vehicle
: designed with the cab (see cab entry 3 sense 3) or passenger compartment placed farther forward than usual a cab-forward locomotive It features the increasingly popular cab-forward treatment—wider wheel-base, roomier inside—dual air bags and available ABS.— John Russell, Essence, November 1994 The big-car feel is reinforced by the cab-forward interior that pushes the windshield far forward.— Patrick Bedard, Car & Driver, June 2000

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First Known Use of cab-forward

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Cab-forward.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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