steam shovel

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steam shovel

n.
1. A large, steam-driven machine for digging.

steam′ shov`el


n.
a machine for digging or excavating, operated by its own engine and boiler.
[1875–80, Amer.]
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Noun1.steam shovel - a power shovel that is driven by steamsteam shovel - a power shovel that is driven by steam
power shovel, digger, excavator, shovel - a machine for excavating
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