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1. The last car on a freight train, often having kitchen and sleeping facilities for the train crew, and used as a vantage point for spotting problems on the train, such as smoking brakes or the separation of cars. The introduction of electronic sensors has made the caboose unnecessary.
2. Archaic
a. A ship's galley.
b. Any of various cast-iron cooking ranges used in such galleys during the early 1800s.
c. An outdoor oven or fireplace.

[Possibly from obsolete Dutch cabuse, ship's galley, from Middle Low German kabūse : perhaps *kab-, cabin; akin to Old French cabane; see cabin + Middle High German hūs, house.]
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1. informal US short for calaboose
2. (Railways) railways US and Canadian a guard's van, esp one with sleeping and eating facilities for the train crew
3. (Nautical Terms) nautical
a. a deckhouse for a galley aboard ship or, formerly in Canada, on a lumber raft
b. chiefly Brit the galley itself
a. a mobile bunkhouse used by lumbermen, etc
b. an insulated cabin on runners, equipped with a stove
[C18: from Dutch cabūse, of unknown origin]
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1. a car on a freight train, used chiefly as the crew's quarters and usu. attached to the rear of the train.
2. a ship's galley.
[1740–50; < early modern Dutch cabūse (Dutch kabuis) ship's galley]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caboose - the area for food preparation on a ship
cuddy - the galley or pantry of a small ship
kitchen - a room equipped for preparing meals
ship - a vessel that carries passengers or freight
2.caboose - a car on a freight train for use of the train crewcaboose - a car on a freight train for use of the train crew; usually the last car on the train
railcar, railroad car, railway car, car - a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad; "three cars had jumped the rails"
freight train, rattler - a railroad train consisting of freight cars
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[kəˈbuːs] N (US) → furgón m de cola
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(Naut) → Kombüse f
(US Rail) → Dienstwagen m
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By this accident we lost three men overboard with the caboose, and nearly the whole of the larboard bulwarks.
Fog creeping into the cabooses of collier-brigs; fog lying out on the yards and hovering in the rigging of great ships; fog drooping on the gunwales of barges and small boats.
The Whydah caboose is famous because Henry David Thoreau mentioned seeing it from the beach in his book Cape Cod.
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For every thrashy workout - such as the classic Touch Me I'm Sick - there are slow-burners and sludgey blues, with nods to Cry Of Love-era Hendrix (the eponymous debut album's fantastically-named instrumetal Magnolia Caboose Babyshit being a fine example of that).
As he told of his father and grandfather driving cattle to the nearest rail station for transport to Chicago, then catching a ride themselves in the caboose, he painted a scene from another world.