locomotive

adjective
lo·co·mo·tive | \ ˌlō-kə-ˈmō-tiv \

Definition of locomotive 

(Entry 1 of 2)

2 : of or relating to travel

3 : of, relating to, or being a machine that moves about by operation of its own mechanism

locomotive

noun

Definition of locomotive (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a self-propelled vehicle that runs on rails and is used for moving railroad cars

2 : a school or college cheer characterized by a slow beginning and a progressive increase in speed

Examples of locomotive in a Sentence

Adjective

the locomotive ability of spiders

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The company’s decision to spin off health care and separate Baker Hughes comes a month after Mr. Flannery agreed to leave the railroad locomotive business in an $11 billion deal. Thomas Gryta, WSJ, "GE Narrows Focus to Power, Aviation in Latest Revamp," 26 June 2018 The 1950s: Brother X and Brother Not X collected toy trains with everything from a locomotive whistle to a helicopter-launching car thundering along the track. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "On the town — or in this house, many towns," 3 July 2018 Now, thanks to an analysis of data collected from 40,000 smartphone users around the world, a new property of humanity’s locomotive habits has been revealed. The Economist, "At any given time in their lives, people have two dozen regular haunts," 28 June 2018 The two businesses, coupled with its railroad locomotive unit that is being sold, accounted for a third of GE’s $122 billion in revenue last year. Thomas Gryta, WSJ, "GE Narrows Focus to Power, Aviation in Latest Revamp," 26 June 2018 Weeks later, the South African media revealed the majority owner of Trillian as none other than Salim Essa, the Gupta associate whose shell companies had received more than $100 million in the locomotive deal. New York Times, "How McKinsey Lost Its Way in South Africa," 26 June 2018 The largest divestiture this year is an $11 billion deal to sell its locomotive unit. Alexander Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "GE breakup so far eludes Nelson Peltz. What does that mean for P&G?," 25 June 2018 Long-Term Research Studies in the past have looked at animals’ locomotive performance, or their ability to move, and at their survival rates. National Geographic, "Birds That Leave Nest Too Late Can Endanger Their Families," 25 June 2018 Aircraft jobs have replaced locomotive jobs, services jobs replace agricultural jobs, and agriculture is at less than 2% of the jobs in the United States versus 41% in 1900. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full video and transcript: Kleiner Perkins’ Mary Meeker at Code 2018," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And its downtown district is a vibrant place with a new hotel, a marina and seaplane base, a popular splash park, an event pavilion, new restaurants, and a train depot that offers locomotive rides for tourists. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tavares looks to add performing arts center to booming downtown," 15 June 2018 The advanced brakes perform significantly better than conventional brakes alone, but only slightly better in emergency braking situations when trains have locomotives in both the front and the back, said Risch, the union official. Washington Post, "AP Exclusive: Transport safety rules sidelined under Trump," 7 Mar. 2018 Based on the popular Nick Jr. series, Thomas & Friends, the highlight of the new land will be a ride aboard a train led by a full-size replica of the blue locomotive. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Get a first look at Kennywood’s Thomas Town," 28 Feb. 2018 Manufacturers harnessed the water to power factories producing textiles, railroad locomotives, paper and firearms (Samuel Colt built his gun mill below the waterfall). New York Times, "A City Founded by Alexander Hamilton Sets the Stage for Its Next Act," 5 July 2018 The museum has already found a new home in Logansport but wants to move seven locomotives, 18 box cars and 20 passenger cars worth about $4 million. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Judge orders train museum out of Noblesville home by July 12," 29 June 2018 The companies, which make vehicles ranging from passenger cars to trucks to locomotives, work together to advance battery technology. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio R&D center gets new car battery testing facility," 9 June 2018 They were built to withstand not just the weight of the businesses upstairs, but the steam locomotives, too, that once passed through here. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Reading Terminal manager Anuj Gupta taking the market into the future," 24 May 2018 The segment mainly produces freight locomotives, which sell for millions of dollars apiece, along with mining equipment and marine motors. Thomas Gryta, WSJ, "GE to Merge Rail Division With Wabtec in $11 Billion Deal," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of locomotive

Adjective

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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locomotive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of locomotive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to movement from place to place : of or relating to locomotion

locomotive

noun

English Language Learners Definition of locomotive (Entry 2 of 2)

: the vehicle that produces the power that pulls a train

locomotive

noun
lo·co·mo·tive | \ ˌlō-kə-ˈmō-tiv \

Kids Definition of locomotive

: a vehicle that moves under its own power and is used to haul cars on a railroad

locomotive

adjective
lo·co·mo·tive | \ ˌlō-kə-ˈmōt-iv \

Medical Definition of locomotive 

: locomotor sense 1 locomotive organs include flagella, cilia, pseudopodia, and limbs

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