noun (1)
doz·​er | \ ˈdō-zər How to pronounce dozer (audio) \
plural dozers

Definition of dozer

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: 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


noun (2)
plural dozers

Definition of dozer (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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Examples of dozer in a Sentence

Noun (1) the crash abruptly wakened the dozers on the bus
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The dozer driver had been hired to demolish the house to make way for a parking lot, but the historical society was in negotiations with the Smithsonian Institution to save the Colonial building. John Kelly, Washington Post, "This might be Washington’s oldest house, but it came from New England," 28 Nov. 2020 For the next several hours, teams will work to close off a control line between a safe dozer line on a ridge and the active fire still burning. Chronicle Staff,, "California Wildfires: Live updates from August 29-30," 1 Sep. 2020 On the ridgeline, a private dozer operator — at work on a construction project at a nearby winery — offered his help. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Hennessey Fire’s trail from Napa County to Vacaville," 3 Sep. 2020 His daughter posted on Facebook: Anybody got a dozer? Esther Mobley,, "Napa locals go ‘cowboy,’ bulldozing firebreaks to save wineries as resources wane," 28 Aug. 2020 The dozer is there because the Olympics need wide-open land on which to build stadiums, parking lots, swimming pools and media centers. Bill Donahue, Washington Post, "For the Olympics, poor communities in host cities are regularly displaced. For the Rio 2016 games, one village’s resistance sparked a global question: Should they be abolished?," 6 July 2020 In the 1980s and ’90s many mining companies turned to mountaintop removal, a hyper-efficient mix of explosives, draglines and dozers that undoes hundreds of millions of years of geology in minutes. Washington Post, "Kentucky was devastated for decades by mountaintop removal. Now scientists have figured out a way to undo the damage — one tree at a time.," 13 Feb. 2020 After stopping forward progress of the fire, Cal Fire canceled its call for dozers to respond to the scene. Lauren Hernández,, "150 firefighters stop progress of 40-acre Moraga fire that prompted evacuations," 10 Oct. 2019 Wildland firefighters have at their disposal more than 600 pieces of specialized equipment, including engines, water tenders and dozers. David L. Bernhardt, The Denver Post, "Bernhardt: As a mild fire season comes to an end, here’s how the Department of the Interior prepared for the worst," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of dozer

Noun (1)

1919, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1710, in the meaning defined above

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“Dozer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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