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motor

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noun mo·tor \ˈmō-tər\

Simple Definition of motor

  • : a machine that produces motion or power for doing work

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of motor

  1. 1 :  one that imparts motion; specifically :  prime mover

  2. 2 :  any of various power units that develop energy or impart motion: as a :  a small compact engine b :  internal combustion engine; especially :  a gasoline engine c :  a rotating machine that transforms electrical energy into mechanical energy

  3. 3 :  motor vehicle; especially :  automobile

motordom play \-dəm\ noun
motorless play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of motor in a sentence

  1. <the device was equipped with a small electrical motor to make the gears spin>

  2. <went shopping for a new automobile at Valley Motors>



Origin of motor

Latin, from movēre to move


First Known Use: 1586

Other Mechanical Engineering Terms


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motor

adjective mo·tor

Simple Definition of motor

  • : of, relating to, used in, or involving a vehicle that is powered by a motor (such as a car or motorcycle)

  • : having a motor

  • : of or relating to the part of the nervous system that controls the movement of muscles

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of motor

  1. 1 a :  causing or imparting motion b :  of, relating to, or being a motor neuron or a nerve containing motor neurons <motor fiber> c :  of, relating to, concerned with, or involving muscular movement <motor areas of the brain>

  2. 2 a :  equipped with or driven by a motor b :  of, relating to, or involving an automobile c :  designed for motor vehicles or motorists

Examples of motor in a sentence

  1. motor areas of the brain



1824

First Known Use of motor

1824

Other Mechanical Engineering Terms


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motor

verb mo·tor

Simple Definition of motor

  • : to travel in a car

  • of a car, truck, etc. : to move in a specified manner or direction

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of motor

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to travel by automobile :  drive

  3. 2 :  to move or proceed at a vigorous steady pace <motored down the field for a touchdown>

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to transport by automobile

Examples of motor in a sentence

  1. We spent the afternoon motoring through the countryside.

  2. The car motored slowly up the hill.



1896

First Known Use of motor

1896


MOTOR Defined for Kids

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motor

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noun mo·tor \ˈmō-tər\

Definition of motor for Students

  1. :  a machine that produces motion or power for doing work <an electric motor>




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motor

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adjective mo·tor

Definition of motor for Students

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or designed for use in an automobile <a motor trip> <motor oil>

  2. 2 :  equipped with or driven by a motor

  3. 3 :  causing or controlling movement <motor nerves>




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motor

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verb mo·tor

Definition of motor for Students

motoredmotoring

  1. :  1drive 2




Medical Dictionary

motor

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adjective mo·tor \ˈmōt-ər\

Medical Definition of motor

  1. 1:  causing or imparting motion

  2. 2:  of, relating to, or being a motor neuron or a nerve containing motor neurons <motor fibers> <motor cells>

  3. 3:  of, relating to, concerned with, or involving muscular movement <motor areas of the brain>





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