linear motor


: a motor that produces thrust in a straight line by direct induction rather than with the use of gears

called also linear induction motor

Examples of linear motor in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of linear motor was in 1957

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“Linear motor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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