from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A logging sled.
- n. A railway handcar.
- n. A jointed tool for cleaning an oil pipeline and disengaging obstructions.
- n. An iron dart dropped into an oil well to explode a charge of dynamite.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. this sense?) (US, colloquial) A gadget or unspecified device as used in various industries.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A weight which is dropped into a bore, as of an oil well, to explode a cartridge previously lowered.
- n. A device, as a loosely fitted plug, which is driven through a pipe by the pressure of the contents behind the plug to clear away obstructions.
- n. A rough sled or dray used for dragging logs, hauling stone, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A device for exploding a dynamite cartridge in an oil-well. See the extract.
- n. A movable-jointed contractible apparatus, with interior springs secured to iron plates in overlapping sections, something like an elongated cartridge in shape and about three feet long, introduced into a pipe-line for the purpose of freeing it from obstructions.
- n. A rough sled used for holding one end of a log in hauling it out of the woods, etc., the other end dragging on the snow or ice. Also called tieboy.
From go + devil. (Wiktionary)