Definition of donkey engine in English:

donkey engine

Syllabification: don·key en·gine

noun

  • A small or auxiliary engine, especially on a ship.
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    • Astern of the engine-room area is a short gap where the ship broke her back, then you reach the propshaft, suspended above the seabed by the remains of the donkey engine.
    • Amidships on the upper deck was the dredging platform itself, flanked by zinc specimen boxes and with a small steam donkey engine to one side to pull up the dredge with its precious cargo of samples.
    • I take a few photos and walk the long trail back to the gate by the firehouse, where a huge steam donkey engine is displayed.

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