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 motor (audio) \ noun
motorless \ ˈmō-​tər-​ləs How to pronounce motor (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 His passion and go-go motor are the juice that fuels his desire to make plays, and his outstanding practice habits improve his chances for continuing to adjust quickly to his newfound positional home. Dallas News, "Texas LB Joseph Ossai selected by Cincinnati Bengals with No. 69 overall pick in 2021 NFL draft," 1 May 2021 The sheriff's office said they were notified Friday around 6:15 a.m. of a male who was taken to an area hospital who was possibly involved in a motor accident at an unknown location. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, "Iowa man arrested after 2 found dead in vehicle partially submerged in river: Sheriff," 1 May 2021 The motor controller firmware may not prevent the vehicle from exceeding 25 mph. Detroit Free Press, "Car recalls for April 22-29," 30 Apr. 2021 The hydraulic motor whirs as the platform lowers down perpendicular to his feet. Brian Trapp, Longreads, "You Robbie, You Baka," 30 Apr. 2021 There is a flat cabin floor thanks to the elimination of the transmission tunnel, and each motor drives its own axle via a single-speed transmission. Michael Taylor, Forbes, "Volkswagen Claims 300HP For Its First BiMotor, AWD ID.4 EV," 28 Apr. 2021 The Electric Drive’s powertrain placed one electric motor on each wheel. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "This 1-of-9 Mercedes-Benz EV From 2013 Presaged the Electric Revolution. Now It’s Up for Sale.," 28 Apr. 2021 The strictly voluntary Florida trip included students traveling on three passenger motor coaches to perform at Universal Studios, as well as visit Disney World and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. John Benson, cleveland, "Returning from Florida trip, Normandy High School marching band members test positive for COVID-19," 27 Apr. 2021 It’s not like motor-boating on the Mediterranean out there. Rachel Cusk, Harper's Magazine, "Overtaking," 27 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And all the while, Wade just continues to motor on, including Saturday’s comfortable 76-61 victory over St. Bonaventure at Assembly Hall to advance to the Round of 32. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Will Wade living in his own warped reality, and the NCAA, SEC and LSU have enabled him," 20 Mar. 2021 For anglers looking for a quick and easy way to motor their kayaks, the Minn Kota Endura C2 is light, tough and affordable. Field & Stream, "Best Kayak Motor to Fit the Way You Fish," 19 Mar. 2021 Known for making some of the most durable and rugged clothing, Carhartt brings its innovation to motor vehicles. Outdoor Life, "Best Birthday Gifts for Dad: Unique Gift Ideas for Dads Who Love the Outdoors," 26 Feb. 2021 Several off-road utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) motor up Sand Flats Road toward the Sand Flats Recreation Area trail, located near downtown Moab, Feb. 19, 2021. Leah Hogsten, The Salt Lake Tribune, "In Moab, UTVs are dominating the landscape and making residents’ lives miserable. Here’s what that looks like.," 27 Feb. 2021 Kingston Steel Drum cleaned industrial drums of residue ranging from baby shampoo and peanut butter to insecticide and motor oil. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "A reporter sketches his ‘Toxic Youth’ working in a New Hampshire factory," 4 Feb. 2021 The kingdom denies that Ms Hathloul was arrested just for her driving campaign, which included an attempt in 2014 to motor from the United Arab Emirates to Saudi Arabia (leading to an earlier stint in prison). The Economist, "Wheels of injustice Jail for a Saudi woman who said women should drive," 30 Dec. 2020 Almost immediately ready to roll from the moment of touchdown, the French soldiers would motor to a suitable position and then dismount to set up the gun on the surplus Browning M1917 tripod. Cory Graff, Popular Mechanics, "Let's Remember When French Paratroopers Once Used Bazooka Vespas in Combat," 30 Nov. 2020 Assuming the shark figured out how to motor north and then take right turns around Provincetown to finally head south, Skomal said, the healthy predator could be in ocean waters off the Carolinas by Friday. NBC News, "You're gonna need a bigger marsh: Wayward blue shark spotted in Cape Cod," 20 Nov. 2020

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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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Last Updated

5 May 2021

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“Motor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/motor. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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