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noun (1)

doz·​er ˈdō-zər How to pronounce dozer (audio)
plural dozers
: a tractor-driven machine usually having a broad horizontal blade for moving earth : bulldozer sense 2
The sound of dozers droned in the distance.Margo Sorenson
… at times he was assigned to walk beside bulldozers and help guide them. Five people worked each dozer, he told me—the operator up in his cab, a person at either end of the blade, and two others at the sides.John McPhee


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noun (2)

plural dozers
: someone who dozes
One of parenting life's little ironies is that babies sleep even less well when they're over-tired. By all means, limit naps if you've a diehard day-time dozer on your hands, but always … make sure that you're not denying him the day-time sleep he really needs.Helen Brown
The readers read, the dozers dozed, the workaholic mother-to-be breathed hard over her keyboard.Lindsley Cameron

Examples of dozer in a Sentence

Noun (1) the driver had to make an abrupt stop that wakened the dozers on the bus
Recent Examples on the Web
Dredges whir to life and idyllic coastlines from Santa Cruz to San Diego routinely turn into construction zones, with dump trucks and sand dozers pushing sediment for hours across the starving shore. Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times, 22 Aug. 2023 Aircraft along with dozers and engine crews from nearby counties are on scene working to stop any further progression, said Adam Turner, a spokesman for the Texas A&M Forest Service. Zaeem Shaikh, Dallas News, 2 Aug. 2023 While a Russia garrison entrenched themselves with bull dozers and tanks, convoys full of troops and supplies from the 36th Army rolled through. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 3 May 2023 For Baker, though, the design loads straight into the cab of the dozer. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 14 Oct. 2022 Resources from South Dakota State Wildland Fire and the Black Hills National Forest are also on the way, including a dozer. Julianne McShane, NBC News, 3 Oct. 2022 Crews were able to construct a dozer line near the city of Yreka to protect the structures. Jordan Parker, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Aug. 2022 Crews continued to expand and strengthen containment lines Friday, and work to repair damage from hand and dozer lines was ongoing, Cal Fire said. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2022 Griego said they were stopped only by a fuel break, known as a dozer line, just behind Griego’s house, which his cousin had made with a small bulldozer just that day. Karin Brulliard, Anchorage Daily News, 18 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1919, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1710, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dozer was in 1710

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“Dozer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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