earthmover

noun

earth·​mov·​er ˈərth-ˌmü-vər How to pronounce earthmover (audio)
: a machine (such as a bulldozer) for excavating, pushing, or transporting large quantities of earth (as in roadbuilding)
earthmoving noun or adjective

Examples of earthmover in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Combat earthmovers were digging new trench lines on a ridge just a few hundred yards farther west. Steve Hendrix and Serhii Korolchuk, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Feb. 2023 Other trees are planted on hillsides that Burke has been terracing with a rented earthmover. Jacob Roberts, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Feb. 2022 The men ditched the earthmover and drove off with the ATM. Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2022 But the early morning crack that shattered through a San Tan Valley neighborhood was a Caterpillar earthmover ramming an ATM. Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2022 Ahmed said the graves had been dug by an earthmover, contrary to traditional practice in which they are dug by shovels and generally marked with marble gravestones. Shah Abbas, Star Tribune, 7 Jan. 2021 Beyond the parking lot, a red, barren moonscape spreads out in three directions, and in the distance dozens of enormous trucks and earthmovers rumble about. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, 12 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of earthmover was in 1879

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“Earthmover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earthmover. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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