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


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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 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 More than 3,200 personnel are fighting the blaze that started Saturday evening, using 238 engines, 33 water tenders, 14 helicopters, 73 hand crews and 71 dozers. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Northern California wildfires: Pawnee Fire crews prepare for strong winds, Lassen residents evacuate," 28 June 2018 There are 23 hand crews, 22 engines, nine water tenders, two dozers, and two helicopters involved. Curtis Driscoll, The Mercury News, "Moose Fire: Mendocino County wildfire now at 225 acres 25 percent contained," 15 Aug. 2019 Three dozers, 19 fire engines and four air tankers responded to the scene, officials said. Lauren Hernández,, "Firefighters battle 248-acre vegetation blaze in Dublin," 9 Aug. 2019 Uran-14 is equipped with high pressure nozzles that spray water a distance of up to 180 feet and a dozer blade capable of shoving up to 10 tons of debris. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Huge Russian Ammo Explosion Sends Shockwaves for Miles," 5 Aug. 2019 The Assault Breacher Vehicle removes the vehicle’s turret and main gun and instead adds a mine plow, dozer blade, ordnance removal charges, and an explosive mine-clearing system. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Robotic M1 Abrams Battle Tank Can Smash Through Enemy Defenses," 8 May 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 4 Jun. 2020.

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