motor vehicle


Definition of motor vehicle 

: an automotive vehicle not operated on rails especially : one with rubber tires for use on highways

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Synonyms for motor vehicle


auto, automobile, bus, car, horseless carriage, machine, motor, motorcar, wheels [slang]

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Examples of motor vehicle in a Sentence

You can register your car at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. got a license to drive a motor vehicle the minute she turned 16

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Niche rankings already claim that rates for robbery, burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft are higher in Berkeley than elsewhere in the U.S. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Berkeley, Calif., center of Antifa violence, ranked No. 3 'best city to live in'," 30 Aug. 2018 He was previously charged with five counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and one count of motor vehicle theft, and had been called a person of interest in Cunningham's death. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Fugitive charged with murder in woman's decapitation after DNA found on samurai sword," 2 July 2018 Overall the totals showed 547 offenses in 2016 (including violent crime, murder, rape, robbery, aggravated battery, property crime, burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson) to 448 in 2017. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Crime down 'significantly' in South Milwaukee in 2017; over a quarter down in the first quarter of 2018," 20 June 2018 Riverwoods Vehicle theft On May 11 at 10:47 a.m. Riverwoods police responded to a motor vehicle theft on the 2700 block of Gemini Lane. Steve Sadin,, "Police: 2 charged with DUI in Deerfield," 21 May 2018 Lee was charged with motor vehicle theft, but more charges could be coming pending further investigation, the Post reported. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Police: Traffic stop leads to stolen truck, stolen stuff, stolen license plate | The Kansas City Star," 11 May 2018 Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land crime rate falls to record low," 12 Mar. 2018 There were 2,128 burglaries, larcenies, and motor vehicle thefts per 100,000 Binghamton residents in 2016, down from 2,629 property crimes per 100,000 in 2011. USA TODAY, "25 cities where crime is soaring," 9 Mar. 2018 Excluding motor vehicles, sales were up 0.7% in October, and excluding gasoline, sales were up 0.5%. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "Consumer Spending Rose in October," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of motor vehicle

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of motor vehicle was in 1890

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English Language Learners Definition of motor vehicle

: a vehicle (such as a car, truck, or motorcycle) that is powered by a motor

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Kids Definition of motor vehicle

: a motorized vehicle (as an automobile or motorcycle) not operated on rails

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