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  • drivers tea can

    A metal flask intended to carry tea for the footplate crew of a locomotive, usually with a cup provided as the lid.

  • drivers tool bag

    A bag supplied by the railway company to locomotive drivers to carry the tools and equipment required for him to carry our his duties.

  • drop foot

    A condition where the foot and toes cannot be turned upwards, or at right angles to the leg. This results in an abnormal way of walking.

  • dropsy

    An accumulation of fluid in the body tissues which results in swelling.

  • drug

    Any animal, vegetable, or mineral substance used in the composition of medicines. They affect the structure or function of a living organism.

  • drug jar

    A (usually earthenware) container designed to hold apothecaries' ointments and dry drugs.

  • dungarees

    Sturdy trousers or overalls, often made of blue denim.

  • dwarfism

    A condition characterized by being very short, but with standard body proportions. It occurs from an insufficient production of growth hormone.

  • dynamometer

    An apparatus for measuring force or power. In particular muscular effort of humans or animals, the power developed by a motor, or that needed to operate machinery. It commonly has a spring to be compressed or weight to be sustained by the force applied.

  • dynamometer car

    A coach adapted to carry instruments and recording devices for measuring locomotive performance when working a train on the line. Marshalled between the locomotive and the rest of the train.

  • dysentery

    Infectious disease with symptoms including diarrhoea, bleeding, and abdominal cramps. It spreads in contaminated food and water, especially in the tropics.

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