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 (kou′kăch′ər, -kĕch′-)
A metal grille or frame projecting from the front of a locomotive and serving to clear the track of obstructions.


(Railways) US and Canadian a metal frame on the front of a locomotive to clear the track of animals or other obstructions


(ˈkaʊˌkætʃ ər)

a triangular frame at the front of a locomotive for clearing the track of obstructions.
[1830–40, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cowcatcher - an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track
framework - a structure supporting or containing something
locomotive, locomotive engine, railway locomotive, engine - a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks


[ˈkaʊˌkætʃəʳ] Nrastrillo m delantero, quitapiedras m inv
References in classic literature ?
And I never had much trouble with the Spiggoties, what of letting them sneak free rides in the tender or on the cowcatcher.
If you try to get rides that way,' I slung at her in Spiggoty Spanish (which they tell me is some different from regular Spanish), 'you'll be taking one smeared all over our cowcatcher and headlight, and it'll be up to my fireman to scrape you off.
And then I spotted her, crouched down right against the cowcatcher, that close I'd almost stepped on her.
Tenders are invited for Replacement and re-fixing of cowcatcher at main gate of bharatpur township of bocp
Fold row 1 and row 25 of cowcatcher tog with RS facing out.
A train pulls slowly into the yard, the cowcatcher kicking up bits of trash and dead leaves.
Hunter Welles (author); SOLOMON THE PEACEMAKER; Cowcatcher Press (Fiction: Science Fiction) 16.
To connect with the morbid curiosity that rules his life, he crashes through the gates at Aristotle, jumps the tracks at Keats, hurtles through the flashing red lights at Coleridge Junction, derails Shakespeare and Poor Yorick on an isolated spur line, and scoops up Emily Dickinson in the cowcatcher and quotes her to death.
IAAEve brushed gape-mouthed peasants aside with the chrome cowcatcher grille of a Rolls Royce Phantom.
The court held unlawful and enjoined the Cowcatcher and Cottonsnake timber sales, which complied with the (consequently invalid) ASR Decisions rather than the (reinstated) 2001 ROD.
sitting at the rear platform, idly reading a magazine, while Agnes clasps the railing of the engine's cowcatcher, hanging on with sheer exhilaration on the steep descent through Kicking Horse Pass.