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locomotive

adjective lo·co·mo·tive \ ˌlō-kə-ˈmō-tiv \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of locomotive

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

Examples of locomotive in a Sentence

  1. the locomotive ability of spiders

Recent Examples of locomotive from the Web

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First Known Use of locomotive

1612


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locomotive

noun

Definition of locomotive

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

Recent Examples of locomotive from the Web

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First Known Use of locomotive

1829


LOCOMOTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

locomotive

adjective

Definition of locomotive for English Language Learners

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


locomotive

noun

Definition of locomotive for English Language Learners

  • : the vehicle that produces the power that pulls a train


LOCOMOTIVE Defined for Kids

locomotive

noun lo·co·mo·tive \ ˌlō-kə-ˈmō-tiv \

Definition of locomotive for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

locomotive

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

medical Definition of locomotive

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


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