motor

noun
mo·​tor | \ ˈmō-tər How to pronounce motor (audio) \

Definition of motor

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : one that imparts motion specifically : prime mover
2 : any of various power units that develop energy or impart motion: such as
a : a small compact engine
b : internal combustion engine especially : a gasoline engine
c : a rotating machine that transforms electrical energy into mechanical energy
3 : motor vehicle especially : automobile

motor

adjective

Definition of motor (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : causing or imparting motion
b : of, relating to, or being a motor neuron or a nerve containing motor neurons motor fiber
c : of, relating to, concerned with, or involving muscular movement motor areas of the brain
2a : equipped with or driven by a motor
b : of, relating to, or involving an automobile
c : designed for motor vehicles or motorists

motor

verb
motored; motoring; motors

Definition of motor (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to travel by automobile : drive
2 : to move or proceed at a vigorous steady pace motored down the field for a touchdown

transitive verb

: to transport by automobile

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Other Words from motor

Noun

motordom \ ˈmō-​tər-​dəm How to pronounce motordom (audio) \ noun
motorless \ ˈmō-​tər-​ləs How to pronounce motorless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of motor in a Sentence

Noun the device was equipped with a small electrical motor to make the gears spin went shopping for a new automobile at Valley Motors Adjective motor areas of the brain Verb We spent the afternoon motoring through the countryside. The car motored slowly up the hill.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fiat Chrysler is recalling over 110,000 vans in North America because cooling fan motors can overheat and cause fires. Washington Post, "Wall Street’s main indexes close at record levels in low trading as growth data improves," 27 Nov. 2019 Mercury poisoning is known to cause memory and motor coordination problems and has been shown in studies in the Florida everglades to cause reproductive problems in pumas. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Fog brings poison mercury to Santa Cruz Mountains — mountains lions are suffering," 26 Nov. 2019 Insider Nathan Brown and motor sports editor Nat Newell discuss Penske purchasing Hulman and Co. Clark Wade, Clark. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Rinus VeeKay says Carpenter provides 'perfect infrastructure' as rookie pursues strong start in IndyCar," 24 Nov. 2019 This is the potent mix that helped to mobilise the gilets jaunes (yellow jackets) protesters, who set up camps on the country’s road junctions and roundabouts a year ago, initially to protest about a green tax on motor fuel. The Economist, "A septuagenarian mayor is tackling decline in his corner of rural France," 21 Nov. 2019 Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog What: Kids are encouraged to practice motor skills by pulling the quills from Spike’s plastic body and putting them back. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Guns, slime and yetis: The 10 worst toys of 2019, according to consumer watchdog group," 20 Nov. 2019 Maryland’s Central Collection Unit, a state entity for debt recovery, and the Motor Vehicle Administration have historically collected only one-third of the uninsured motor debts, according to a legislative analysis. Eric Myers, baltimoresun.com, "Deadline nears for Maryland uninsured motorist debt amnesty," 16 Nov. 2019 On a recent visit, students clustered in small groups around workbenches to practice building circuits that would make small motors run. Garance Burke, The Denver Post, "U.S. held record number of migrant kids in custody in 2019," 12 Nov. 2019 On a recent visit, students clustered in small groups around workbenches to practice building circuits that would make small motors run. Fortune, "Migrant Children Held This Year by U.S. Nears a Record 70,000," 12 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rydeen and Swanson motored back up the St. Croix River to the Boomsite around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Mike Olson’s Thanksgiving wish: Smooth sailing from here on out," 27 Nov. 2019 But Hodges, playing man coverage, wound up with the pass and motored just 15 yards to the right corner of the end zone for what proved to be the game-winning score with 3:58 left in the game. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Thompson Intermediate’s dramatic pick-6 hands Lions Pasadena ISD’s 8A football title," 28 Oct. 2019 Pianist Andrew Rosenblum, collaborating on just this piece, motored through the faster outer movements. Washington Post, "A voyage of musical discovery at the Phillips Collection," 13 Sep. 2019 When Carter, who is now 15, fell and broke his elbow, his mother splinted his arm and called two friends on the mainland, who motored them by boat across the water to a hospital. Zoe Greenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "She’s the only kid on the island. And she’s graduating," 14 June 2019 The big play in the possession was Kaleb Wright motoring for the game’s longest run, a 46-yarder down to the two-yard line of Dickinson. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena Freshmen Bears use rules infraction to earn TIFI Super Bowl berth," 11 Nov. 2019 Once or twice an hour a fishing boat motored past but that was the extent of any external intrusions. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Now you can kayak Arizona's famous Horseshoe Bend. Here's how.," 5 Sep. 2019 Day 3 Before motoring away for the day, drop in at Bistrot Gourmand for a brunch bruschetta. Tyler Moss, Condé Nast Traveler, "An Autumnal Road Trip Through Alsace Wine Country," 13 Aug. 2019 The stock market rejoiced at the prospect, but some critics believe it’s premature, given that the United States economy is still motoring along at a record-breaking pace. New York Times, "The Week in Business: Amazon Won’t Let the Robots Take Over," 13 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'motor.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of motor

Noun

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1895, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for motor

Noun

Latin, from movēre to move

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Time Traveler for motor

Time Traveler

The first known use of motor was in 1586

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Last Updated

1 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Motor.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/motordom. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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More Definitions for motor

motor

noun
How to pronounce motor (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of motor

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a machine that produces motion or power for doing work

motor

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of motor (Entry 2 of 3)

: of, relating to, used in, or involving a vehicle that is powered by a motor (such as a car or motorcycle)
: having a motor
technical : of or relating to the part of the nervous system that controls the movement of muscles

motor

verb

English Language Learners Definition of motor (Entry 3 of 3)

: to travel in a car
of a car, truck, etc. : to move in a specified manner or direction

motor

noun
mo·​tor | \ ˈmō-tər How to pronounce motor (audio) \

Kids Definition of motor

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a machine that produces motion or power for doing work an electric motor

motor

adjective

Kids Definition of motor (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or designed for use in an automobile a motor trip motor oil
2 : equipped with or driven by a motor
3 : causing or controlling movement motor nerves

motor

verb
motored; motoring

Kids Definition of motor (Entry 3 of 3)

motor

adjective
mo·​tor | \ ˈmōt-ər How to pronounce motor (audio) \

Medical Definition of motor

1 : causing or imparting motion
2 : of, relating to, or being a motor neuron or a nerve containing motor neurons motor fibers motor cells
3 : of, relating to, concerned with, or involving muscular movement motor areas of the brain

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