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motor

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noun mo·tor \ˈmō-tər\

Definition of motor

  1. 1 :  one that imparts motion; specifically :  prime mover

  2. 2 :  any of various power units that develop energy or impart motion: 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. 3 :  motor vehicle; especially :  automobile

motordom

play \-dəm\ noun

motorless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of motor in a sentence

  1. <the device was equipped with a small electrical motor to make the gears spin>

  2. <went shopping for a new automobile at Valley Motors>

Origin and Etymology of motor

Latin, from movēre to move


First Known Use: 1586

Other Mechanical Engineering Terms


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motor

adjective mo·tor

Definition of motor

  1. 1 a :  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>

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

Examples of motor in a sentence

  1. motor areas of the brain

1824

First Known Use of motor

1824

Other Mechanical Engineering Terms


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motor

verb mo·tor

Definition of motor

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to travel by automobile :  drive

  3. 2 :  to move or proceed at a vigorous steady pace <motored down the field for a touchdown>

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to transport by automobile

Examples of motor in a sentence

  1. We spent the afternoon motoring through the countryside.

  2. The car motored slowly up the hill.

1896

First Known Use of motor

1896


MOTOR Defined for English Language Learners

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motor

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noun mo·tor \ˈmō-tər\

Definition of motor for English Language Learners

  • : a machine that produces motion or power for doing work


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motor

adjective mo·tor

Definition of motor for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, used in, or involving a vehicle that is powered by a motor (such as a car or motorcycle)

  • : having a motor

  • : of or relating to the part of the nervous system that controls the movement of muscles


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motor

verb mo·tor

Definition of motor for English Language Learners

  • : to travel in a car

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


MOTOR Defined for Kids

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motor

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noun mo·tor \ˈmō-tər\

Definition of motor for Students

  1. :  a machine that produces motion or power for doing work <an electric motor>


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motor

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adjective mo·tor

Definition of motor for Students

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or designed for use in an automobile <a motor trip> <motor oil>

  2. 2 :  equipped with or driven by a motor

  3. 3 :  causing or controlling movement <motor nerves>


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motor

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verb mo·tor

Definition of motor for Students

motored

motoring

  1. :  1drive 2


Medical Dictionary

motor

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adjective mo·tor \ˈmōt-ər\

Medical Definition of motor

  1. 1:  causing or imparting motion

  2. 2:  of, relating to, or being a motor neuron or a nerve containing motor neurons <motor fibers> <motor cells>

  3. 3:  of, relating to, concerned with, or involving muscular movement <motor areas of the brain>



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