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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Kelvin Peters, 41, of Evergreen Avenue in Hartford, was charged with second-degree larceny and tampering with a motor vehicle, police said. Christine Dempsey,, "Hartford Detectives Spot Stolen Car, Arrest Driver, Police Say," 28 June 2018 Previously, Pinchbeck was indicted in an assault case where he was charged with beating a man following a motor vehicle crash in 2016. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville man jailed after he allegedly shot a woman in the head," 8 July 2018 According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2015, more than 6,800 older adults were killed and more than 260,000 were treated for motor vehicle crash injuries. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "When is it time to take away the car keys from older parents?," 21 June 2018 State law enforcement agencies reported 19,976 deer vs. motor vehicle crashes in 2015, according to the DOT. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Top 5 Wisconsin wildlife risks to humans? Maybe not what you think.," 13 June 2018 Dagnino is facing two counts of armed robbery and two counts of theft of a motor vehicle. Samie Gebers, azcentral, "Police ID pair who led officers on chase in Phoenix; man accused of killing K-9," 18 Apr. 2018 According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 36,200 deaths from firearms in the United States in 2015, with guns killing more people than motor vehicle crashes. Ashley Welch, CBS News, "What impact do state gun laws have on shooting deaths?," 5 Mar. 2018 In this 2010 video, IIHS explains that where roundabouts were installed, motor vehicle crashes declined by about 40 percent, and those involving injuries were reduced by about 80 percent. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Fort Worth Texas traffic: Police officer taken to hospital | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 1 Feb. 2018 In 2016, preventable deaths increased by 10 percent over the previous year, largely due to a rise in deaths due to drug overdoses and motor vehicle crashes. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Don't just prescribe pain meds, new state guidelines tell doctors," 17 Jan. 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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