steam shovel


A steam shovel at work in a limestone quarry, probably in Washington, ca 1911


steam shovel (plural steam shovels)

  1. An excavating machine designed to effect a shovelling action through steam power.
  2. Any excavating machine of similar design, no matter how powered.
    Synonym: power shovel

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Steam-powered shovels went out of use many years ago, being replaced by other machinery such as diesel-powered shovels and excavators.

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