donkey engine


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donkey engine

n.
1. A small auxiliary steam engine used for hoisting or pumping, especially aboard ship.
2. A small locomotive.

donkey engine

n
(General Engineering) a small auxiliary engine, such as one used for pumping water into the boilers of a steamship
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.donkey engine - a locomotive for switching rolling stock in a railroad yarddonkey engine - a locomotive for switching rolling stock in a railroad yard
locomotive, locomotive engine, railway locomotive, engine - a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks
2.donkey engine - (nautical) a small engine (as one used on board ships to operate a windlass)
engine - motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work
ship - a vessel that carries passengers or freight
References in classic literature ?
But presently the sound of the donkey engine and the rattle of a steel cable on the hoisting-drum proclaimed the fact that the Kincaid's anchor was being raised, and a moment later the waiter heard the propellers revolving, and slowly the little steamer moved away from him out into the channel.
Electric lights, a shed-covered wharf, mountains of luggage and freight, the noisy toil of 'longshoremen and sailors, the staccato snorts of donkey engines and the whining sheaves as running lines ran through the blocks, a crowd of white-coated stewards carrying hand-baggage, the quartermaster at the gangway foot, the gangway sloping steeply up to the Umatilla's promenade deck, more quartermasters and gold-laced ship's officers at the head of the gangway, and more crowd and confusion blocking the narrow deck-- thus Michael knew, beyond all peradventure, that he had come back to the sea and its ships, where he had first met Steward, where he had been always with Steward, save for the recent nightmare period in the great city.
For sale: aircraft de-icing truck complete with cherry-picker, Hatz 2L40C "silent pack" Donkey engine, 8,000-litre chemical tank and dual guns fitted to the basket.
Special toys like the donkey engine were few and far between in our street.