motor

noun
mo·tor | \ ˈmō-tər \

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 \-dəm \ noun
motorless \-ləs \ 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

Homicide detectives, crime scene investigators and motor collision investigators took over the investigation, the department said. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Man dies after car crashes into North Sacramento home," 27 June 2018 Photos courtesy of Ford In the latest turn of events around Ford’s return to Detroit, the motor giant has tapped Snøhetta to lead the design of its new Corktown campus, along with the renovation of its headquarters in Dearborn. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Ford taps Snøhetta to design new downtown Detroit campus," 26 June 2018 Since July 2017 Dutch law distinguishes between e-bikes whose motor allows riders to go slower or faster than 25 kilometres per hour. The Economist, "How two-wheelers are weaving their way into urban transport," 21 June 2018 The vehicle built by the students included a camera, a LEGO claw, a control box equipped with a fuse and 3D printed motor covers. Susan Soldavin, Howard County Times, "St. Louis School team dives into robotics challenge [Clarksville]," 21 June 2018 The bad luck was a serious motor issue that forced him out of the race. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "Frankfort's Frank Heckenast Jr. rolls with the punches on the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour," 17 June 2018 Metal, glass and bamboo present dangers for people who have difficulty controlling their motor functions — from stroke survivors to people who have cerebral palsy. Caille Millner, SFChronicle.com, "A splash of cold water on straw-ban fervor: Many people with disabilities need them," 13 July 2018 But while Elon Musk’s company is now set on showing EVs can also be affordable and accessible for the masses, with the minimalist Model 3, others are taking batteries and motors in the opposite direction. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Pininfarina's Back With a $2 Million Electric Hypercar," 14 July 2018 Then, there’s the free parades and parties that marry motors and celebration. Harley Davidson Motor Company, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How to access more at Harley’s 115th party," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The boy was still not breathing by the time Haag motored the boat to a yacht club on the river’s eastern shore. Nancy Rommelmann, Good Housekeeping, "Amanda Stott-Smith Was a Loving Mother of 3. So Why Did She Try to Murder Her 2 Youngest Kids?," 29 June 2018 Dump trucks motored around trash heaps and birds circled above under sweltering heat. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Police search landfill for bag they say was dumped by man accused of killing 20-year-old woman," 18 June 2018 Offensively, sophomore outfielder Ray Alejo has been UCF’s engine of late, motoring around the bases at will. Brian Murphy, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UCF baseball focused on bolstering NCAA résumé when it hosts Oklahoma," 11 May 2018 In addition, nearly 34 percent of the parents admitted to reading text messages while driving with children, and almost 27 percent sent text messages while motoring. Rita Giordano, Philly.com, "Parents model distracted driving in front of their kids, CHOP study finds," 12 July 2018 None of these are dangerous pursuits – until drivers interact with them while motoring down the road. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "You can't stream video while driving, more states decide as distracted driving deaths rise," 28 June 2018 Sotheby’s is offering a red 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO at its Monterey, California, auction coinciding with the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance motoring week in August. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "A Rare Ferrari 250 GTO May Fetch a Record $45 Million at Auction," 20 June 2018 On a two-out single to centerfield by Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro, Franco motored around third base and headed home. Connor Grossman, SI.com, "Watch: Phillies Score Run Without Touching Home Plate," 1 June 2018 Although people on bikes have a legal right to share the road with people in cars, the motoring public often is not aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the bicyclists themselves. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Houston cyclists ride in silence to honor, raise awareness for those who've died," 16 May 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

: 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 \

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 \

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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