Meaning of “traction engine” in the English Dictionary

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"traction engine" in British English

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traction enginenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtræk.ʃən ˌen.dʒɪn/ us /ˈtræk.ʃən ˌen.dʒɪn/

a large, heavy vehicle, operated by steam power, used especially in the past for pulling heavy loads along roads

(Definition of “traction engine” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)