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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She was taken to Southwest ER in Brunswick due to her apparent high level of intoxication and was later cited for open container in a motor vehicle and drunken disorderly conduct. Brian Lisik,, "Delivery man caught on camera burglarizing home: Brunswick Police Blotter," 8 July 2019 Msaravia faces charges including operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and marked lanes violation, State Police said. Adam Sennott,, "4 seriously injured in Medford crash, driver arrested," 4 July 2019 The roads were built for motor vehicles and bicycles and bicyclists paid their fair share. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Tainted: You dropped kittens out of a car window on the highway. What kind of person does that?," 29 June 2019 Police arrested a Houston man, 32, for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and failure to identify June 11 in the 3300 block of East Walnut Street. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland police arrest 6 on DWI charges," 28 June 2019 He was charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and making a false statement to a peace officer. Washington Post, "Southern Maryland crime report," 27 June 2019 Rivera, 22, now faces a litany of charges for fleeing and firing at Sanchez in addition to a series of outstanding motor vehicles and assault charges, according to court records. Zach Murdock,, "New Haven officer who shot armed suspect was justified in January gunfight, prosecutor says," 22 June 2019 The park announced that motor vehicles and bicycles will be allowed on the trans-Sierra route from 10 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. daily. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Yosemite’s Tioga Road opens Friday — for two hours a day," 20 June 2019 In a separate case, Harris is charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and related counts in connection with an incident in May. He is being held without bail at the Harford County Detention Center on charges in both cases. Erika Butler,, "Teen charged in thefts, burglaries in his Edgewood neighborhood," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of motor vehicle

1890, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jul 2019

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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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