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

a triangular frame at the front of a locomotive for clearing the track of obstructions.
[1830–40, Amer.]
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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
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[ˈkaʊˌkætʃəʳ] Nrastrillo m delantero, quitapiedras m inv
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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. Me throw them off?
"'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.
119 and Central Pacific's Jupiter--that met cowcatcher to cowcatcher on May 10, 1869.
In this modern time, I did simply what I had to: put myself in the path of the oncoming train, only to be pushed unceremoniously aside by the cowcatcher of progress and forced to watch from the gravel side as decisions about your life, death, and memory are made in the dining car, by people who neither know or understand you."
Sitting alongside the tram are its springloaded bolt collector, for connection to the overhead power lines, and "cowcatcher" bars, which would drop to the tracks to stop power in the event of an obstruction or accident.
Car #1 in a four-car series, this decked-out circus train engine comes complete with whistle and cowcatcher! Customize it with some gold pinstriping to make your locomotive extra special.
A train pulls slowly into the yard, the cowcatcher kicking up bits of trash and dead leaves.
Can all parties involved be counted on to stand for what was agreed to when the poop hits the cowcatcher?
Hunter Welles (author); SOLOMON THE PEACEMAKER; Cowcatcher Press (Fiction: Science Fiction) 16.00 ISBN: 9780989762809
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.