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flipper

flipper  n.— «Playing hockey is a decent alternative to flipping through an endless conveyance of steel bars, culling out the bent and twisted pieces, careful that the razor sharp ends don’t slice through protective gloves. In mill...

alligator shear

alligator shear  n.— «Mr. Graap and Agents Stern and Green moved into a brick building where a squat steel machine that was painted green and run by hydraulic power—known in the business as an alligator sheer for its resemblance to that...

soil nailing

soil nailing  n.— «Workers will use a technique called “soil nailing,” in which long pieces of steel are shot into the ground with a cannon-like device.» —“Section of North Portage Path to close” by Katie...

machineroomless elevator

machineroomless elevator  n.— «Otis has introduced flat hoist belts, made of polyurethane threaded with steel, which are lighter, stronger, and more energy-efficient than the old steel ropes. (Otis gave its employees gifts of belts made...

squish

squish  n.— «All seven were wearing flame-retardant protective clothing and were standing next to the plant’s No. 1 oxygen furnace when they were “hit with this backlash of extreme heat, slag and molten steel,” United...

hippo’s tooth

hippo’s tooth  n.— «At the same time, the cement bollards, affectionately known as “hippo teeth,” will be replaced by historically correct guardrails made of cedar and steel.» —“Mountain rehab is tough trek” by...