steam shovel


Definition of steam shovel

: a power shovel operated by steam broadly : power shovel

Examples of steam shovel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the worst moments of the 1918 influenza pandemic are Philadelphia's overwhelmed morgue stacking unembalmed bodies without ice on multiple floors until storage was found, or the city resorting to steam shovels for digging mass graves. USA Today, "100 years ago, Philadelphia chose a parade over social distancing during the 1918 Spanish flu – and paid a heavy price," 22 May 2020

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First Known Use of steam shovel

1878, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of steam shovel was in 1878

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“Steam shovel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of steam shovel

US : a large machine that is powered by steam and that is used for digging large holes

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Kids Definition of steam shovel

: a power machine for digging

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