motor vehicle


: an automotive vehicle not operated on rails
especially : one with rubber tires for use on highways

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 Carjackings and motor vehicle thefts, however, are up compared with before the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 15 Feb. 2024 From 2022 to 2023, DC saw a 35% increase in homicides, a 67% increase in robberies and an 82% increase in motor vehicle thefts, according to police data. Eric Levenson, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 In the above scenario, if the patient had a fever the likely diagnosis would be cellulitis, but if the patient suffered a motor vehicle accident the subcutaneous edema would likely be from a contusion. Omer Awan, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 He was charged with entering motor vehicle and financial transaction card fraud. Tanasia Kenney, Miami Herald, 2 Feb. 2024 In 2020 guns for the first time became the leading cause of death for children (4,368), outpacing deaths from motor vehicle crashes. Eric Adler, Kansas City Star, 4 Feb. 2024 During this period, motor vehicle deaths for people 65 and older increased 34%, reaching 7,489 in 2021. Judith Graham, Fortune Well, 27 Jan. 2024 Michael Rafferty, 19, of Somers, was under investigation for a motor vehicle crash that occurred on Oct. 20, 2023 in front of 1640 John Fitch Boulevard in South Windsor, police said. Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant, 15 Jan. 2024 These precious funds would enable Florida to expand Medicaid to so many needy Floridians, offer rebates for energy-saving appliances and upgrades, create a program to reduce motor vehicle emissions, and provide summer lunches for children from low-income families. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Sun Sentinel, 14 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of motor vehicle was in 1890

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Cite this Entry

“Motor vehicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

motor vehicle

: a motorized vehicle (as an automobile or motorcycle) not operated on rails

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