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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The annual report on deadly motor vehicle crashes in the US is usually a pretty depressing read. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Fewer people died in car crashes in 2017, but the outlook is still grim," 3 Oct. 2018 Every major category tracked by the Commerce Department aside from motor vehicles and building materials posted sales declines in December. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "Retail Sales Declined in December at Fastest Pace Since 2009," 14 Feb. 2019 Then two months later, in August 2014, he was arrested on charges of aggravated flight from an officer, reckless operation of a vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Emily Lane,, "Arrested man accused in Mardi Gras quintuple shooting that killed 2," 17 May 2018 He was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, fleeing to elude arrest and assault with a deadly weapon. Wbtv, charlotteobserver, "Man arrested, accused of holding girlfriend against her will, assaulting her," 12 June 2018 Lakim McDonald, 23, of the 5600 block of Washington Avenue in West Philadelphia, is charged with robbery of a motor vehicle, fleeing police, two counts of kidnapping, reckless endangerment, and other related offenses. Dylan Purcell,, "Philadelphia man in alleged kidnapping ID'd," 26 May 2018 Meanwhile, overall imports shrank 0.5% to C$50.39 billion, led by lower imports of motor vehicles and parts. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canada’s Trade Deficit Widened in November," 8 Jan. 2019 As the suspect fled from the area he was struck by a motor vehicle and taken into custody. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages police report," 5 Feb. 2018 Alexander Oneschuk of Naugatuck also was charged with failure to drive in the proper lane, driving while under suspension, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and driving without insurance, police said. Christine Dempsey,, "Naugatuck Police: Man Who Drove Over Line, Killing Other Driver, Arrested," 13 June 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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