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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

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

mo·tor·dom play \-dəm\ noun
mo·tor·less play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of motor

  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

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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

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

  1. motor areas of the brain



1824

First Known Use of motor

1824

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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

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

  1. We spent the afternoon motoring through the countryside.

  2. The car motored slowly up the hill.



1896

First Known Use of motor

1896


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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