cowcatchernoun [ C ]uk /ˈkaʊˌkætʃ.ər/ us /ˈkaʊˌkætʃ.ɚ/ US
Examples from literature
- As many wounded as possible were piled on to the engine, standing in the cab, lying on the tender, or clinging to the cowcatcher.
- Freight-trains passed southward, blue with men in the cars, and on top of the cars, and in the caboose, and on the cowcatcher, always going south and never north.
- I could only place stones on the line, but these were swept away by the cowcatcher, and so the train passed in safety.
- The engine itself had most of the cowcatcher torn off and the headlight smashed.
- Then I approached a station where the fireman always went out to the cowcatcher, opened the oil-cup on the steam-chest, and poured oil in.