steam shovel

noun

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 The steam shovel, used to help fill in the tidal marshes of the Back Bay — and later, to help build the transcontinental railroad. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Aug. 2021 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, 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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Last Updated

4 Sep 2021

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“Steam shovel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/steam%20shovel. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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steam shovel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of steam shovel

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

steam shovel

noun

Kids Definition of steam shovel

: a power machine for digging

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