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1A ship that transports coal.
- ‘The fleet was accompanied for parts of the tour by auxiliaries including supply ships and coalers.’
- ‘In the March 2001 issue Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the Polar explorer, is Guest Editor and articles include a look at the plight of the albatross and Britain's sea coalers.’
- ‘Not a few of the great ones of our own day commenced their career behind the apple-shaped bows of a Saltcoats coaler, whether it was a handy brigantine or a trig schooner is no matter.’
- ‘Standing at Xiangjiaba village, 370m below one sees coalers and cement carriers stream up and down a narrow channel off the far bank.’
2A large mechanized structure for loading coal on to a ship, railway wagon, or steam locomotive.
- ‘We need a large space, and indeed that's why a power station is perfect, because it has very large volumes owing to the fact it once had enormous turbines and coalers and all those sorts of things.’
- ‘With an operational clam-shell bucket, the coaler allows you to unload a hopper car by scooping the coal from inside.’
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