doodlebug


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

doodlebug

[′düd·əl‚bəg]
(geology)
Also known as douser.
Any unscientific device or apparatus, such as a divining rod, used to locate subsurface water, minerals, gas, or oil.
A scientific instrument used for locating minerals.
(invertebrate zoology)
The larva of an ant lion.
(mechanical engineering)
A small tractor.
A motor-driven railcar used for maintenance and repair work.
(mining engineering)
The treatment plant or washing unit of a dredge which is mounted on a pontoon and can be floated in an excavation dug by a dragline.
(ordnance)
A small military tank or utility truck.
An airborne, magnetic submarine-detecting device.
References in periodicals archive ?
He wrote: "Following an entirely unexpected explosion, you would hear a rumbling echo, which was [the doodlebugs'] wake catching them up.
| Clockwise from above, Second World War flying ace Joseph Berry, the Doodlebug V1 flying bomb, Joseph's wedding to his wife Joyce and his collection of war medals
Berry got fed up of waiting, jumped into his plane and flew a mission where he shot a couple of Doodlebugs. He came back, walked into the bar and said: 'That's how it's done.'
I lived in Battersea, South London during the Second World War and was 14 or 15 when the Germans started dropping the flying bombs known as "doodlebugs" on the capital.
A subdivision known as Doodlebug presented a unique situation.
A doodlebug waits at the bottom of its cone-shaped pit.
Mind you, this did not comfort his neighbours, Mr and Mrs Doodlebug.
The V-1 flying bomb - nicknamed "the doodlebug" - had arrived and scored its first deadly success of World War Two.
1944: The first V1 flying bomb, or 'doodlebug', landed in England.
The courage and daring of a North East pilot who shot down around 60 German doodlebug rockets has been spotlighted by an auction sale.
This wasn't the usual "doodlebug" made from a kit using a Ford or Chevrolet, but a tractor built totally from scratch.
Jimmy Doodlebug will have a lot of supporters as will Frisky Fantasy but both may find BLACKSTONE GENE too good.