Definition of bogie in English:



  • 1An undercarriage with four or six wheels pivoted beneath the end of a railway vehicle.

    • ‘It follows their recent acquisition of Rail Project, a design-engineering firm which specialises in bogies and related freight-wagon components.’
    • ‘Two shunting locomotives with the same engine, torque converter and final drive, but driving each axle on both bogies, were bought of Clayton Equipment Company the same year.’
    • ‘One oddity that will emerge is the number of types with four-coupled wheels on each motor bogie.’
    • ‘The depot has always carried out some maintenance but is now dealing with mechanical and electrical jobs such as bogies, compressors and couplers and environmental and cosmetic work.’
    • ‘The trailer is powered by small drive-assist wheels which engage the rear bogie wheels.’
    • ‘Arsenault's has fitted the Beaver with tracks on the bogie wheels to give it increased stability.’
    • ‘But thanks to double bogies front and back, wide tracks, and a mighty handy boom, ground disturbance is kept to a minimum.’
    • ‘Another was an amusing story about a group of French airmen who would ‘borrow’ a railway bogie to get back to Elvington from Layerthorpe after a night's drinking, sent in by a reader from Foxwood.’
    • ‘The drive axle system is based on experience with over 200 forwarders, and uses bogies out front with a single axle out back.’
    • ‘A bogie is a British railway term for a wheeled truck or frame under a long carriage or engine that can swivel to help the vehicle around curves.’
    • ‘Each of the four main units has a six wheel bogie with two wheels forward and four wheels rear of the shock absorber.’
    • ‘Designed to work in commercial thinning and selective cuts like the smaller 4F, it boasts larger wheels and bogies as well as greater tractive effort, all handy for the steeper, broken terrain being logged.’
    • ‘He reappears to announce that about three metres down on the river bed he has discovered a complete bogie - two pairs of wheels and axles - from the train.’
    • ‘There are carriages on their side, bent and twisted and there are bogies [wheels] all over the place.’
    • ‘The finished carbody was mounted on a pair of dual-axle rubber-tired bogies, the front set being steerable.’
    demon, devil, evil spirit, imp, bogie
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    1. 1.1Indian A railway carriage.
      ‘almost all long-distance trains have seventeen to twenty bogies’
      • ‘The train, except for a solitary bogie, is unreserved.’
      • ‘In the not-so distant past, passengers would find their hair matted and their skin a shade darker from the soot of the steam engine that was pulling their bogies.’
      • ‘Because of the weight of the bogie, if it's traveling at 11 miles per hour, NASCAR can re-create the impact of a 40-mph crash.’
      • ‘You can see the two bogies, but not the three cylinders in line between the frames of each.’
      • ‘Normally, the front power bogie carried a tank for water supplies, the rear bogie carrying the fuel, and perhaps some more water.’
      • ‘While they chose standard gauge for it small turning radius and medium size bogies with a high carrying capacity, railways feel there is no need to introduce another gauge in the country.’
      • ‘It was like being inside a blender as the bogie rattled and bounced around.’
      • ‘Adding at least two more bogies will reduce the rush.’
      • ‘‘It's not clear whether the anniversary offer will be trains or bogies.’
      • ‘There were other people in the bogie as well, and I assumed all of them were going to Churchgate like me, since the shelves were still almost completely empty.’
      • ‘The haste in which a group enters the bogies in search of pet bottles after the passengers get down, indicates the new concept assumed by the term, ‘recycling’.’
      • ‘These seats are twenty per train (twenty-two bogies with seventy two seats each).’
      • ‘The steam engine with six bogies arrived from Shornur, through a metre-gauge track.’
      • ‘The compartments have the added protection of three to four cross-bars running through all the bogies - to prevent robbery, snatching or the entry of miscreants through the window.’
      • ‘The two bogies and their transition motors were also scaled down from this design, but at the builder's recommendation a more robust alternator was fitted.’
      • ‘A crowd which had gathered began to burn the bogie, and only dispersed after the RPF had resorted to four rounds of firing.’
      • ‘The worried passenger tried to enter the train only to slip and dangle between the footboard of the bogie and the platform.’
      • ‘She rushed frantically from one bogie to another looking for her beloved son, but all she could see were a host of alien faces staring back.’
      carriage, coach
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    2. 1.2Northern English A low truck on four small wheels; a trolley.
      • ‘Like its cousin, it rides on four tandem double bogies.’
      lorry, articulated lorry, heavy goods vehicle, juggernaut
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Early 19th century (originally in northern English dialect use): of unknown origin.