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 The sign, which sits in the wooded median to the north of Research Forest Drive in the split lane segment of Grogan’s Mill Road, has been damaged for weeks after motor vehicle accidents damaged the stone sign. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Township News & Notes: Bear Branch rec center closed due to COVID-19," 29 June 2020 He was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to several charges, including unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, in April. oregonlive, "Body found near North Plains confirmed to be Allyson Watterson," 27 June 2020 Through Project Valid, individuals who received a summons for misdemeanor offenses of driving while suspended or operating a motor vehicle without a license will be able to receive a valid driver’s license. Crystal Hill, The Indianapolis Star, "More Indianapolis drivers can now resolve traffic violations without going to court," 27 June 2020 The 17-year-old boy is also charged with felonious assault, having weapons under disability and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court records say. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "17-year-old boy charged with attempted murder in drive-by shooting of 8-year-old in East Cleveland, court documents say," 23 June 2020 The woman had held a variety of jobs across 30 years of her working life — for Montgomery Ward, for the state motor vehicle department, for a local bowling center. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, "“Fire Through Dry Grass”: Andrew Cuomo Saw COVID-19’s Threat to Nursing Homes. Then He Risked Adding to It.," 16 June 2020 The bill also allows evidence about seat belt usage and medical expenses to be admissible in court, while providing for a process to transfer motor vehicle accident cases from municipal to district courts. Washington Examiner, "Louisiana House votes again to change how courts handle auto accident claims," 16 June 2020 In Florida, for example, new registrations at state motor vehicle offices dropped from more than 42,000 in February to fewer than 4,900 in April, Becker said. Michael Wines,, "COVID-19 changed how we vote. It could also change who votes.," 15 June 2020 The 15-year-old, who was arrested Thursday in Framingham on a Boston Juvenile Court warrant, is now facing charges of arson of a motor vehicle and inciting a riot, police say. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Boston police arrest 15-year-old after FBI released photos of teens posing in front of burned-out police cruiser," 12 June 2020

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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

2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Motor vehicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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