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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Charges of felonious assault and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle were dropped as part of a plea deal, court records say. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, 27 May 2021 At the time of the shooting, Carroll had pending felony cases, including second-degree assault and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 27 May 2021 This is the number of people in the U.S. killed in a motor vehicle crash in 2019, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Robert Hart, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Auja Walker, of Cincinnati, has been charged with improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, 19 Mar. 2021 The man was located and arrested for operating a motor vehicle while impaired, resisting arrest and open container. Brian Lisik, cleveland, 25 May 2021 Treshawn Butler, 18, of the 8000 block of Knox Avenue, was charged with possession of cannabis in a motor vehicle May 8 in the 4900 block of Touhy Avenue. Genevieve Bookwalter,, 14 May 2021 The third-term lawmaker is now facing eight charges, according to, including four counts of resisting police and one for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of more than 0.17. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2021 Jeanette Salgado, 22, of the 2700 block of North Drake Avenue, Chicago, was cited for possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle at 5:28 p.m. April 30 at North Avenue and Indiana Street. Chuck Fieldman,, 7 May 2021

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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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Last Updated

9 Jun 2021

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“Motor vehicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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