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don·key en·gine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. switch engine, donkey enginenoun

    a locomotive for switching rolling stock in a railroad yard

  2. auxiliary engine, donkey enginenoun

    (nautical) a small engine (as one used on board ships to operate a windlass)


  1. donkey engine

    A steam donkey or donkey engine is a steam-powered winch once widely used in logging, mining, maritime, and other industrial applications. Steam powered donkeys were commonly found on large metal-hulled multi-masted cargo vessels in the later decades of the Age of Sail on through the Age of Steam, particularly heavily-sailed skeleton-crewed windjammers. A donkey used in forestry, also known as a logging engine, was often attached to a yarder for hauling logs from where trees were felled to a central processing area. The operator of a donkey was known as a donkeyman.


  1. donkey engine

    A donkey engine is a small auxiliary engine, typically on a ship or a logging site, used for tasks such as loading cargo or driving machinery, which are otherwise not directly related to the main purpose or propulsion of the vessel or facility. It is often steam-powered.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of donkey engine in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of donkey engine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2


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