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

Both are high-motor players, but Suggs, the former Ravens star, is more of a complete package, combining both speed and quickness. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Preston’s preview: Key matchup, what’s at stake for Ravens vs. Cardinals, plus what’s on the radar in Week 2," 13 Sep. 2019 What would likely be named the Mercedes EQS will use twin motors, one on each axle, to provide an electric all-wheel-drive system, making just over 400 hp, enough to hit 60 in less than 5 seconds. NBC News, "10 of the most powerful, expensive, exotic new cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show," 13 Sep. 2019 This is an electric crossover SUV with two motors, one driving the front wheels, the other driving the back. Marie Barbier, CNN, "Exciting cars from the Frankfurt Motor Show," 13 Sep. 2019 Ator was cited last year for a traffic violation involving a federal motor carrier safety violation. Dylan Bouscher, The Mercury News, "Political Cartoons: Odessa gunman failed background check," 5 Sep. 2019 Seniors with bad eyesight, poor fine-motor coordination, depression or cognitive impairment generally can’t undertake this therapy, specialists note. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "Donald Trump wants more kidney patients on home dialysis; here’s the reality of what it’s like," 25 Aug. 2019 All are equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 eHybrid matched to the dual-motor eFlite electrically variable transmission (EVT) to produce a combined 260 horsepower. James Raia, Houston Chronicle, "Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First electrified minivan," 23 Aug. 2019 Electric motors worn on the lower back apply force to cables connected to soft leg wraps worn around the thigh of each leg. Jeremy Hsu, Scientific American, "An Innovative Robotic Exosuit Boosts Both Walking and Running," 16 Aug. 2019 An inspector found 24 violations of federal motor carrier safety regulations involving Zhukovskyy and the vehicle, according to the report. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, "Truck driver was on drugs, reaching for drink at time of fatal New Hampshire crash, report says," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Brewers had a chance to go on top in the ninth when Christian Yelich led off with a single against Astros closer Roberto Osuna and motored to third on Mike Moustakas' hit to right with one down. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 6, Astros 3 (14): Brewers claim another marathon despite striking out 24 times," 12 June 2019 Style and motoring editor Mara Balagtas dispatches regularly from her test drives around the globe. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "Great Drives: A European Tour in a Maserati Levante," 13 July 2018 Ekeler shed attempted tackles by Darius Leonard and Pierre Desir before motoring up the right sideline. Joe Reedy, The Denver Post, "Austin Ekeler scores 3 TDs in Chargers’ OT win over Colts," 8 Sep. 2019 His battery has been recharged, putting the senior wide receiver in position to motor down field and catch passes at a quick rate. Charles Rich, Burbank Leader, "Burroughs football overpowers Kennedy to stay unbeaten," 5 Sep. 2019 That was enough to motor down the road at a comfortable casual pace, and the 228 lb-ft of torque from the 150 kW, 201-hp motor was enough to spin up some dirt when mashing the pedal from a stop. Eric Adams, WIRED, "VW Revives the Classic Dune Buggy as an All-Electric Blast," 17 Aug. 2019 Jackson Karstedt then doubled to the fence, scoring Helmle, before Pearland East’s third error, this time on the first baseman, scored Karstedt, who had motored to third base on a belated throw home. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Never-say-die Bayside 11s overcome first-night Section 3 loss to clinch trip to state championship," 10 July 2019 By 1951, the plucky newcomer was motoring around 29 countries. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "The Beetle, 81, is no more," 11 July 2019 Ryan Braun opened the inning with a single to center, then motored to third on a double to center by Eric Thames, his second in two at-bats. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 4, Mariners 2: Anderson delivers clutch start to avoid sweep by last-place Mariners," 27 June 2019

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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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The first known use of motor was in 1586

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motor

noun

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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