/kow"kach'euhr/, n.
a triangular frame at the front of a locomotive, esp. a steam locomotive, designed for clearing the track of obstructions. Also called pilot.
[1830-40, Amer.; COW1 + CATCHER]

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  • Cowcatcher — Cow catch er ( k?ch ?r), n. A strong inclined frame, usually of wrought iron bars, in front of a locomotive engine, for catching or throwing off obstructions on a railway, as cattle; the {pilot}. [U.S.] Syn: fender, buffer, pilot. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cowcatcher — (engl., spr. kau kättscher, »Kuhfänger«), s. Bahnräumer …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Cowcatcher — (engl., spr. kaukättsch r, »Kuhfänger«), die bes. auf amerik. Eisenbahnen gebräuchlichen fächerförmigen Bahnräumer am Vordergestell der Lokomotive …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • cowcatcher — ☆ cowcatcher [kou′kach΄ər ] n. PILOT (n. 5) …   English World dictionary

  • cowcatcher — noun Date: 1838 an inclined frame on the front of a railroad locomotive for throwing obstacles off the track …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cowcatcher — noun The V shaped device on the front of a locomotive (or other large vehicle) shaped so as to push objects on the tracks out of the way, to preventing major damage to the train. Syn: pilot …   Wiktionary

  • cowcatcher — cow|catch|er [ˈkauˌkætʃə US ər] n a piece of metal on the front of a train that pushes things off the track …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cowcatcher — n. triangular structure on the front of a train which clears the track of obstructions …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cowcatcher — noun N. Amer. a metal frame at the front of a locomotive for pushing aside obstacles on the line …   English new terms dictionary

  • cowcatcher — noun (C) a piece of metal on the front of a train used to push things off the track …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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