motor

noun
mo·​tor | \ ˈmō-tər How to pronounce motor (audio) \

Definition of motor

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : one that imparts motion specifically : prime mover
2 : any of various power units that develop energy or impart motion: such 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 : motor vehicle especially : automobile

motor

adjective

Definition of motor (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : 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
2a : equipped with or driven by a motor
b : of, relating to, or involving an automobile
c : designed for motor vehicles or motorists

motor

verb
motored; motoring; motors

Definition of motor (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to travel by automobile : drive
2 : to move or proceed at a vigorous steady pace motored down the field for a touchdown

transitive verb

: to transport by automobile

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Other Words from motor

Noun

motordom \ ˈmō-​tər-​dəm How to pronounce motordom (audio) \ noun
motorless \ ˈmō-​tər-​ləs How to pronounce motorless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of motor in a Sentence

Noun

the device was equipped with a small electrical motor to make the gears spin went shopping for a new automobile at Valley Motors

Adjective

motor areas of the brain

Verb

We spent the afternoon motoring through the countryside. The car motored slowly up the hill.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jask-2 is unique because the capsule has its own motor. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Iran Shows off Unusual Ship-Killing Torpedo/Missile Combination," 28 Feb. 2019 Solar Impulse 2 is covered in 17,000 photovoltaic cells which power its motors and charge its batteries during the day. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Electric flight is coming, but the batteries aren’t ready," 14 Aug. 2018 For nearly three full seconds, the camera focuses on a seemingly undisturbed aisle of motor oils, firewood, toys and auto accessories. Amy B Wang, ajc, "Cameras capture every angle of Canadian couple's snack-throwing, ceiling-shattering arrest," 1 July 2018 The thing can constrict around your leg like a real snake, but can then twirl its motors to move up and down your limb—more rolling than slithering. Matt Simon, WIRED, "How Roboticists Are Copying Nature to Make Fantastical Machines," 28 June 2018 Craig Lutz, who had his motor fail on lap 29, dropped to fourth in the standings. Staff Report, courant.com, "Ryan Preece Takes Whelen Victory In Virginia," 24 June 2018 Money where their motors are: A handful of the companies are promising payments to support infrastructure. Natasha Mascarenhas, SFChronicle.com, "S.F. scooter companies promise parking, Clipper Card use, charging and more," 20 June 2018 But his ability to further develop a two-way game in the paint and away from the basket outweigh his inconsistent motor. 4. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "NBA Mock Draft 5.0: Mavs get two picks in the top 5? Let us explain," 20 June 2018 There are a lot of red flags with Williams, the biggest being questions about his motor, but his athletic ability is what will attract teams. 16. Marc Narducci, Philly.com, "NBA mock draft: Sixers could stay at No. 10, draft Kevin Knox | Marc Narducci," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Well, once more the Grumpy Lobster Boat Captain, Bill Belichick, has repaired the motor—and 5-2 New England (playing Buffalo Monday) has motored to gentler seas. Gosh, I really should be arrested for that last sentence. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Football’s Cardboard Box of Melancholy," 28 Oct. 2018 But seeing two adorable little people motoring around my house is amazing. Andrea Stanley, Redbook, "11 Moms Reveal the One Thing No One Told Them About Having Twins," 16 June 2017 Current owner Queen Elizabeth II, who carries on the family tradition and spends summers there, and can sometimes be spotted motoring to Sunday services at Crathie Kirk, the nearby parish church. Cathy Newman, WSJ, "A Chic Scottish Sojourn Among the Manors," 7 Dec. 2018 Few on this car-crazed strip seemed to realize the white Porsche motoring silently between two Los Angeles County Sheriff cruisers last week. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Review: ‘Silence Is the New Power’," 6 June 2018 After a weekend spent motoring around the San Francisco Bay Area in the Model 3 Performance Edition, here are the 10 features that required the largest mental adjustment. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Hardest Things To Get Used to on the Tesla Model 3," 10 Oct. 2018 But sailing along the B3212 from Two Bridges to Moretonhampstead will provide more than enough lonely vistas, road-hugging sheep, native ponies—and motoring Zen. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "A Driving Tour of Devon, England—on Perilously Narrow Roads," 30 Oct. 2018 Upon motoring up to a private shore, his loyal friend — a stingray nicknamed Georgette — swam up to greet us. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Vacation Like the Royal Family in the Bahamas," 30 Aug. 2018 In the fourth installment of the open-world driving franchise, Forza Horizon 4, gamers and car enthusiasts will be motoring around jolly old England. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About Forza Horizon 4," 11 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of motor

Noun

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1895, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for motor

Noun

Latin, from movēre to move

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The first known use of motor was in 1586

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More Definitions for motor

motor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of motor

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a machine that produces motion or power for doing work

motor

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of motor (Entry 2 of 3)

: of, relating to, used in, or involving a vehicle that is powered by a motor (such as a car or motorcycle)
: having a motor
technical : of or relating to the part of the nervous system that controls the movement of muscles

motor

verb

English Language Learners Definition of motor (Entry 3 of 3)

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

motor

noun
mo·​tor | \ ˈmō-tər How to pronounce motor (audio) \

Kids Definition of motor

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a machine that produces motion or power for doing work an electric motor

motor

adjective

Kids Definition of motor (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or designed for use in an automobile a motor trip motor oil
2 : equipped with or driven by a motor
3 : causing or controlling movement motor nerves

motor

verb
motored; motoring

Kids Definition of motor (Entry 3 of 3)

motor

adjective
mo·​tor | \ ˈmōt-ər How to pronounce motor (audio) \

Medical Definition of motor

1 : causing or imparting motion
2 : of, relating to, or being a motor neuron or a nerve containing motor neurons motor fibers motor cells
3 : of, relating to, concerned with, or involving muscular movement motor areas of the brain

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