cowcatcher


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

cowcatcher

US and Canadian a metal frame on the front of a locomotive to clear the track of animals or other obstructions
References in periodicals archive ?
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.
She clambers out of her four wheel drive with the obligatory cowcatcher at the front and bars covering the rear just for added protection.
Here's a thought for those who believe that chain of logic: If there had been a cowcatcher on the southbound train, the SUV would likely have been pushed aside .
when the couple of the moment--Matthew Barney and Bjork--moseyed through the fair with Baby Barney and a stroller positioned like a cowcatcher flinging sycophants hither and yon.
Parents who act aggressively at their children's games may indicate "a style of parenting that uses the child as a cowcatcher on the locomotive of the parent's ego," she said, meaning that if the parent is obsessed, the child is under pressure and bears the brunt of the parent's disappointment.
Our initial installations were quite successful, and we and our growing group of CORK collaborators have gone on to deploy similar instrumentation in a total of 11 sites (see map opposite) in three representative types of seafloor hydrological environments: spreading centers, where new seafloor is spreading outward from mid-ocean ridges (ODP Holes 857D and 858G), young mid-ocean ridge flanks (395A, 1024C, 1025C, 1026B, 1027C), and accretionary prisms, where sediments scraped off descending seafloor plates accumulate in front of overriding plates, like debris in front of a locomotive's cowcatcher (889C, 892B, 948D and 949C).
It comes with a cowcatcher attached beneath the front bumper so small cars can't pass me beneath my axles.
Tenders are invited for Construction of 4 F type, 4G type and 4 H type quarters, Boundrywall, Cowcatcher, Dirilling of tube well, Paver Block, at CHC Baihar District Balaghat.