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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Other pollutants are in the air, including sulphur dioxide, formed by fossil fuel combustion, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, formed by emissions from motor vehicles, gas heaters and cigarette smoke, and ground-level ozone, formed by smog. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Seattle air quality readings vary. Here’s how to interpret them.," 21 Aug. 2018 Sousa was charged with second-degree burglary, criminal mischief, second-degree larceny of a motor vehicle, fourth-degree larceny, interfering with police, and criminal impersonation. Peter Marteka, Courant Community, "Massachusetts Man Arrested After Breaking Into Motel Room," 26 Mar. 2018 But a National Safety Council report indicated that motor vehicle deaths remained above 40,000 total for the second year in a row in 2017. German Lopez, Vox, "The limousine crash in Schoharie, New York, is the deadliest transportation accident in the US since a plane crash in 2009.," 8 Oct. 2018 Automakers mostly talk about safety and reducing motor vehicle deaths in the context of new technology, like advanced driver assist systems (think Tesla’s Autopilot) and fully driverless cars. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Fewer people died in car crashes in 2017, but the outlook is still grim," 3 Oct. 2018 This type of pollution is generally caused by motor vehicle exhaust, industrial emissions, gasoline vapors, and chemical solvents, NOAA says. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Stay Safe When Your City’s Air Quality Is Dangerous," 21 Aug. 2018 In the past, embossed plates were manufactured in bulk and distributed in large numbers to county motor vehicle offices. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "Getting a new Kansas license plate? To avoid sticker shock, keep track of that decal," 11 July 2018 State police were in the process of responding to a motor vehicle accident on route 189 in Granby just after 7:45 p.m. Wednesday night, police said. Ruth Bruno,, "State Police: Motor Vehicle Crash On Route 189 In Granby," 11 July 2018 Naperville police reported 45 motor vehicle burglaries in June, police officials said. Rafael Guerrero, Naperville Sun, "Naperville car burglaries more than doubled in June vs. same month last year," 3 July 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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