from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A tip-car or flat-car used to transport loose gravel. Such cars are sometimes fitted with a double mold-board plow, on a guide-rail, which, when the train is at rest can be drawn, by means of a steel rope wound by the engine, over the cars, thus discharging the gravel on each side. See car-unloader.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word gravel-car.


  • Once start this gravel-car and she'll go clear to the hills.

    The U. P. Trail Zane Grey 1905

  • And the gravel-car crept along as if it would stop any moment.

    The U. P. Trail Zane Grey 1905

  • A day would come when a splendid passenger - train would glide smoothly down this easy grade where Casey jolted along on his gravel-car.

    The U. P. Trail Zane Grey 1905


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.