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
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