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

Other Words from motor

Noun

motordom \ ˈmō-​tər-​dəm How to pronounce motor (audio) \ noun
motorless \ ˈmō-​tər-​ləs How to pronounce motor (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 The petition calls for a special session to address juvenile law and laws pertaining to motor vehicle theft and theft from motor vehicles. Steve Smith, courant.com, 4 Nov. 2021 Physical activity can help maintain motor function in patients with MS, and may even prevent MS from getting worse. Sara Gaynes Levy, SELF, 26 Oct. 2021 Cognition and motor function tank when neurons can’t exchange messages. Max G. Levy, Wired, 21 Oct. 2021 Eventually, the destruction of the nervous system's insulation leads to a breakdown in communication that can cause many symptoms, including degeneration of vision, motor function, speech and the sense of touch. NBC News, 20 Oct. 2021 In many cases, Spinraza has improved patients’ motor function, allowing even those with more severe cases to breathe, swallow and sit upright on their own. Jim Daley, Scientific American, 18 Oct. 2021 MindMaze, backed by Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, designs video games that combine virtual and augmented reality to help people restore motor function after stroke or brain trauma. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Oct. 2021 The same day the company also announced that its drug - Evrysdi - shows improved motor function in babies and safety profile in spinal muscular atrophy. Trefis Team, Forbes, 21 June 2021 The ADLs involve more of your motor function than your memory. Dallas News, 6 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Motor symptoms can include jerking, muscle twitching, or lip-smacking; non-motor symptoms can include changes in sensation, emotions, or thinking. Patti Greco, Health.com, 9 Nov. 2021 Large battery packs, multi-motor powertrains and complex electric systems often result in a car that costs thousands more than those with traditional internal combustion powertrains. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 22 Sep. 2021 But there are non-motor symptoms that are more likely to develop later in the disease, too, and a doctor may take those into consideration when assessing someone with the disorder. Patti Greco, Health.com, 14 Sep. 2021 Given the symptoms, dementia is considered one of the most destructive non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Patti Greco, Health.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After cautiously edging out of the structure, the hybrid takes a right turn and begins to motor its way down the road. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 1 Nov. 2021 Joseph Siaba, the driver, had stalled after trying to motor through rising waters. New York Times, 1 Nov. 2021 The Broadway Bridge will be closed to motor vehicles from 6:30-9 a.m. TriMet is also informing its riders of possible delays as well as unusually crowded trains and buses as runners head to the startline at Waterfront Park, and home after the race. oregonlive, 1 Oct. 2021 Several off-road utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) motor down Main Street in Moab toward the Sand Flats Recreation Area trail, located a few miles from downtown, Feb. 19, 2021. Leah Hogsten, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Feb. 2021 When Lake Powell was full, Balken said, the arch was a popular destination, and people used to motor right up to it. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 The other six legs function primarily to motor the arachnid around, though the fourth pair can also sport seriously stabby spines, used by some harvestmen to pinch predatory flatworms in two or to joust for access to mates. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2021 The election of the 51-year-old head of a Marxist party could result in a radical overhaul of Peru’s market economy, which has relied on global trade to motor one of Latin America’s fastest-growing economies the past two decades. Ryan Dube, WSJ, 20 July 2021 IndyCar shares our commitment to bringing authentic experiences to motor racing enthusiasts. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 15 July 2021

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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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Last Updated

25 Nov 2021

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“Motor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/motor. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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
: car

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
: 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 : drive
: to move in a specified manner or direction : drive

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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