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

For electric motors, that window is much wider, so a single speed works for both low-end acceleration and highway driving. Wired, "Why the Porsche Taycan's Two-Speed Gearbox Is Such a Big Deal," 5 Sep. 2019 The city is putting in solar panels on the dock so the electric motor can charge its Tesla batteries. Smithsonian, "John Steinbeck’s Epic Ocean Voyage Rewrote the Rules of Ecology," 22 Aug. 2019 The electric motor complements the engine with immediate torque for confident acceleration. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2020 Aviator plug-in hybrid SUV is quantum leap for Lincoln," 20 Aug. 2019 The company is currently creating magnets for Department of Defense contractors; its ambition is to scale up to build magnets for electric motors. Matthew Heimer, Fortune, "Fortune’s 2019 Change the World List: Companies to Watch," 19 Aug. 2019 Steering felt precise and silky, aided by the car’s powerful electric motors. Eric Adams, WIRED, "VW Revives the Classic Dune Buggy as an All-Electric Blast," 17 Aug. 2019 For the Buggy, that's a 62kWh pack, which powers a 150kW (201hp), 310Nm (227lb-ft) electric motor that drives the rear wheels. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven VW’s bright green smile machine, the electric ID Buggy," 16 Aug. 2019 The electric motor only operates when the rider is pedaling, and the bikes have a top speed of 20 mph. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tariffs, tech issues put brakes on North County coastal bike-share program," 12 Aug. 2019 That energy can then be redeployed to the electric motor to help power the car forward in combination with the combustion engine. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "IndyCar will race 900-horsepower hybrid cars starting in 2022," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Back in the water off Fort Bragg, Fonts motors his boat a few hundred yards away and drops a small anchor. Nick Rahaim, SFChronicle.com, "Without abalone, spearfishing hooks North Coast anglers," 17 June 2019 One afternoon, the owner of this herd of Highlanders motored up our driveway and rolled the window down, presumably to complain about the General. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: Like sands through the hourglass, these are the loads of our lives!," 9 June 2019 Well, once more the Grumpy Lobster Boat Captain, Bill Belichick, has repaired the motor—and 5-2 New England (playing Buffalo Monday) has motored to gentler seas. Gosh, I really should be arrested for that last sentence. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Football’s Cardboard Box of Melancholy," 28 Oct. 2018 But seeing two adorable little people motoring around my house is amazing. Andrea Stanley, Redbook, "11 Moms Reveal the One Thing No One Told Them About Having Twins," 16 June 2017

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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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More Definitions for motor

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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