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caboose Tweet Definition of caboose Like Definition of caboose on Facebook
  1. (obsolete, nautical) A small galley or cookhouse on the deck of a small vessel.
  2. (US, railroading) The last car on a freight train, having cooking and sleeping facilities for the crew; a guard's van.
  3. (slang, baby-talk) buttocks
cattle car Tweet Definition of cattle car Like Definition of cattle car on Facebook
  1. (slang) a paddy wagon, a van for transporting people who have been arrested.
chair Tweet Definition of chair Like Definition of chair on Facebook
  1. an item of furniture used to sit on or in comprising a seat, legs, back, and sometimes arm rests, for use by one person. Compare stool, couch, sofa, settee, loveseat and bench.
  2. (slang) (the chair) the electric chair.
  3. the seating position of a particular musician in an orchestra.
  4. blocks that support and hold railroad track in position, and similar devices.
  5. chairperson; a non-gender-specific form of chairman
  1. To act as chairperson.
Bob will tomorrow's meeting.
coach Tweet Definition of coach Like Definition of coach on Facebook
  1. A wheeled vehicle, generally drawn by horse power.
  2. (rail) A railroad car drawn by a locomotive.
  3. A trainer or instructor.
  4. A single decked long-distance, or privately hired bus.
  5. (nautical) The forward part of the cabin space under the poop deck of a sailing ship; the fore-cabin under the quarter deck.
verb (coaches, coaching, coached)
  1. (sports) To train.
  2. To instruct.
She has coached many opera stars.
coaler Tweet Definition of coaler Like Definition of coaler on Facebook
  1. A vehicle used for carrying or supplying coal.
compartment Tweet Definition of compartment Like Definition of compartment on Facebook
  1. A room, or section, or chamber
  • "Two men were seated in a well-lighted compartment of a third-class carriage."
    1. One of the parts in which an area is subdivided.
connector Tweet Definition of connector Like Definition of connector on Facebook
  1. A device (or, more precisely, a mating pair of devices, often a plug and a socket) for connecting together two wires, cables, or hoses, allowing electricity or fluid to flow but also allowing easy disconnection and reconnection when necessary.
  2. A highway or freeway road which connects to another highway or freeway. It can be part of an interchange or a longer roadway such as the 1.5 mile (2.5 kilometer) Wikipedia:U.S. Route 24 Connector (Taylor, Michigan), U.S. Route 24 Connector.
  3. (computing) A line connecting two shapes in presentation software.
couchette Tweet Definition of couchette Like Definition of couchette on Facebook
  1. a compartment on a passenger train having berths for sleeping
  2. a berth in such a compartment
coupe Tweet Definition of coupe Like Definition of coupe on Facebook
  1. an ice cream dessert; the glass it is served in
  2. A car with two doors (variant of coupé)
coupling Tweet Definition of coupling Like Definition of coupling on Facebook
  1. the act of joining together to form a couple
  2. a device that couples two things together
  3. sexual intercourse
  4. (electronics) a connection between two electronic circuits such that a signal can pass between them
cowcatcher Tweet Definition of cowcatcher Like Definition of cowcatcher on Facebook
  1. The V-shaped device on the front of a train (or other large vehicle) shaped so as to push a cow (that has strayed onto the train tracks) out of the way, to preventing major damage to the train.
cowl Tweet Definition of cowl Like Definition of cowl on Facebook
  1. A monk's hood or hooded robe
  2. A mask that covers the majority of the head.
  3. A metal protective covering that covers the engine; also cowling
  4. (nautical) A ship's ventilator with a bell-shaped top which can be swivelled to catch the wind and force it below
  5. (nautical) A vertical projection of a ship's funnel that directs the smoke away from the bridge
crossing Tweet Definition of crossing Like Definition of crossing on Facebook
  1. An intersection where roads, lines, or tracks cross
  2. A place at which a river, railroad, or highway may be crossed
  3. A voyage across a body of water
  4. (architecture) The volume formed by the intersection of chancel, nave and transepts in a cruciform church; often with a tower or cupola over it
  1. (rare) Extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction.
crossover Tweet Definition of crossover Like Definition of crossover on Facebook
  1. A place where one thing cross, crosses over another.
  2. The means by which the crossing is made.
  3. (w:genetics, genetics) the result of the exchange of genetic material during meiosis.
  4. A blend of multiple style, styles of music, intended to appeal to a wider audience.
  5. An automobile that is a mix of two kinds of automobiles, i.e. the w:Pontiac_Torrent, Pontiac Torrent.
  6. (railroading) A pair of switches and a short, diagonal length of track which together connect two parallel tracks and allow passage between them.
crummy Tweet Definition of crummy Like Definition of crummy on Facebook
noun (crumm, ies)
  1. (colloquial, British Columbia, and, U.S. Pacific Northwest) Small van, bus, or railway car used to transport loggers or other resource workers to worksite.
adjective (crummi, er)
  1. (informal) bad; poor
Do not bother buying knives if you are serious about cooking.
curve Tweet Definition of curve Like Definition of curve on Facebook
  1. A gentle bend, such as in a road.
  2. A simple figure containing no straight portions and no angles; a curved line.
  3. (analyticgeom) A continuous map from a one-dimensional space to a multidimensional space.
  4. (geometry) A one-dimensional figure of non-zero length; the graph of a continuous map from a one-dimensional space.
  5. (alggeom) An algebraic curve; a polynomial relation of the planar coordinates.
  6. (topology) A one-dimensional continuum.
  7. (informal, usually in plural curves) The attractive shape of a woman's body.
  1. (obsolete) Bent without angles; crooked; curved.
a curve line
a curve surface

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