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 State law generally requires that boaters be at least 16 years old to operate a vessel with a motor of more than 15 horsepower. Los Angeles Times, "Rethinking a boat trip after this week’s fire? Here are questions to ask," 6 Sep. 2019 Another big man with a big motor looking for big offers. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Game of the Week: Mater Dei, Centennial top high school football prospects," 3 Sep. 2019 Goalie Katie Byrd posted 15 shutouts last season, center back Lena McLaughlin dominates in the air and is a fine distributor and center midfielder Toni Fiocco-Mizer brings a high motor and technical skills to create offense. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "2019 Baltimore-area girls soccer preseason Top 15 poll," 2 Sep. 2019 For one, these kinds of actuators have nowhere near the power of traditional motors, which allow robots on automotive assembly lines to heft massive pieces of metal. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Finally, a Robot That Moves Kind of Like a Tongue," 1 Aug. 2019 The model has a combustion engine that charges the electric motor, allowing the car to travel up to 800 kilometers (500 miles), almost double the range of pure electric or plug-in hybrids in China. Echo Huang, Quartz, "A Chinese food delivery billionaire is betting on a hybrid startup at a very tricky time," 18 June 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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3 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for motor

The first known use of motor was in 1586

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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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