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 Before serving as assistant chief, Tyner held several other positions in the department, including firefighter, fire motor operator, fire marshal, fire captain and battalion chief. Liz Navratil, Star Tribune, "Bryan Tyner moves one step closer to becoming Minneapolis fire chief," 19 Nov. 2020 Bilas also lauded Stewart's passing ability, touch around the rim and motor on the offensive glass. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons take Isaiah Stewart No. 16 overall: What ESPN analysts say about the pick," 19 Nov. 2020 The seat mount and foot rests can adjust to a wide variety of lengths, and this boat also has a motor mount. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy's Next Mission: Detect Invisible Submarines From the Sky," 19 Nov. 2020 Over the next three years, the Odeuropa team will collect data on scents as varied as rosemary sprigs, smelling salts, incense and motor oil. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Researchers Are Recreating Europe’s Centuries-Old Scents," 19 Nov. 2020 Her physicality, motor and ability to pick things up quickly have earned her enthusiastic reviews and even some early comparisons to Napheesa Collier. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "Promise of UConn women’s future buoyed by better recruiting results," 18 Nov. 2020 Even Georgia shooting guard Anthony Edwards, who went No. 1 overall to the Timberwolves, has endured criticism for his inefficiency, shot selection and inconsistent motor. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors take Memphis’ James Wiseman with No. 2 pick in NBA draft," 18 Nov. 2020 Diane recently received approval for deep brain stimulation surgery, where electrodes are implanted into the brain to carry electrical impulses that help decrease tremors and control motor symptoms, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Parkinson’s patients, caregivers find strength through grassroots support group," 17 Nov. 2020 At 22, Toppin is older than most of his counterparts, and his high motor and tenacious dunking translate to immediate production. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Final NBA mock draft: Anthony Edwards locks in at No. 1, newcomers crash top 10," 17 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Assuming the shark figured out how to motor north and then take right turns around Provincetown to finally head south, Skomal said, the healthy predator could be in ocean waters off the Carolinas by Friday. NBC News, "You're gonna need a bigger marsh: Wayward blue shark spotted in Cape Cod," 20 Nov. 2020 North Korean coastal waters have been so pillaged that its fishermen have to motor their rickety craft far out into stormy seas to fill their nets. The Economist, "Monsters of the deep Illicit fishing devastates the seas and abuses crews," 22 Oct. 2020 The varsity boys team used their three trips around the lake to motor 4-6-7-8-12 into the finish chute of the 5K course for 37 points, defeating Sam Rayburn and its final score of 49. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park runners sweep Goehring Invitational titles," 11 Oct. 2020 The Texans’ first play from scrimmage saw Anthony Rojas motor 50 yards for the first of four touchdowns in the opening eight minutes. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park Junior, Senior Tigers fall to La Porte Texans," 19 Sep. 2020 Sawyer would motor out to meet her for the last leg and give her a physical assessment. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "‘I wake up, I row’: Inside Lia Ditton’s grueling bid to row to Hawaii," 15 Aug. 2020 RVshare and Outdoorsy are peer-to-peer booking sites offering everything from popup trailers to motor homes. Stephen Starr, National Geographic, "Vacationing by RV this summer? Here’s what you need to know," 18 June 2020 Either to a previous era, before millions of people started motoring into the valley every year, or to a possible future one, where the artifacts of civilization remain, with fewer humans in the mix. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, "Wildlife is reclaiming Yosemite National Park: ‘The bear population has quadrupled’," 13 Apr. 2020 Departing from a nuclear attack or cruise missile submarine mothership, a small group of SEALs could motor to a stretch of enemy coastline and then stage a reconnaissance mission or raid inland. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Mini-Sub Is Like a Commuter Bus for Navy SEAL Commandos," 22 Jan. 2020

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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

24 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Motor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/motor. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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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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