Definition of coaler in US English:



  • 1A ship that transports coal.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The fleet was accompanied for parts of the tour by auxiliaries including supply ships and 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 onto a ship, railroad car, or steam locomotive.

    • ‘With an operational clam-shell bucket, the coaler allows you to unload a hopper car by scooping the coal from inside.’
    • ‘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.’