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Definitions of motor

  1. causing or able to cause motion; " a motive force"; " motive power"; " motor energy"
  2. travel or be transported in a vehicle; " We drove to the university every morning"; " They motored to London for the theater"
  3. machine that converts other forms of energy into mechanical energy and so imparts motion
  4. involving or relating to movements of the muscles; " motor coordination"; " a motor reflex"; " motor paralysis"
  5. a nonspecific agent that imparts motion; " happiness is the aim of all men and the motor of all action"
  6. One who, or that which, imparts motion; a source of mechanical power.
  7. A prime mover; a machine by means of which a source of power, as steam, moving water, electricity, etc., is made available for doing mechanical work.
  8. A type of internal- combustion engine in which the air drawn in by the suction stroke is so highly compressed that the heat generated ignites the fuel ( usually crude oil), the fuel being automatically sprayed into the cylinder under pressure. The Diesel engine has a very high thermal efficiency.
  9. A motor car; an automobile.
  10. That which produces action or power; especially, a machine or engine which causes action; as, an electric motor; an automobile.
  11. Imparting action; as, motor nerves.
  12. To travel by automobile.
  13. 1. Moving or causing motion. 2. Noting a nerve or its center through which or from which impulses travel which excite a muscle to contract.
  14. Employed in connection with muscles causing motion.
  15. A mover: that which gives motion.
  16. A moving power.
  17. One who or that which produces motion, as a machine.
  18. Alt. of Motorial
  19. That which gives motion; a mover.
  20. In anat., producing or regulating motion, applied to certain nerves and muscles.
  21. Or connected with movement; nerves.
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Usage examples for motor

  1. Couldn't we motor over and see him some time?" – The Motor Maids by Palm and Pine by Katherine Stokes
  2. Mary Rose loves to motor. – Mary Rose of Mifflin by Frances R. Sterrett
  3. One motor has stopped. – Jane Stewardess of the Air Lines by Ruthe S. Wheeler
  4. Their days are about over now, for soon we shall have only the motor- buses. – John and Betty's History Visit by Margaret Williamson
  5. But we may still be in time to catch him if we go there in a motor- cab. – The Wisdom of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton
  6. So the doctor went back to the city in the motor. – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  7. Put me into the motor car. – A Woman's Experience in the Great War by Louise Mack
  8. And she spoke as though any week- end that found his father better, Ranny might motor down. – My Little Sister by Elizabeth Robins
  9. As the motor started Craven turned to him eagerly, with the question that had been on his lips for the last ten minutes. – The Shadow of the East by E. M. Hull
  10. Suppose we all go up Loch Hourn in the motor- boat in the afternoon? – The Mystery of the Green Ray by William Le Queux
  11. Then I'll ask him suddenly, how he'd like to go on a little trip, just far enough to meet my motor- car, and have a ride in it. – The Golden Silence by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  12. " And that brings me to another warning, Mr. Damon," added Tom earnestly, as his friend climbed into the motor car again. – Tom Swift and his Electric Locomotive or, Two Miles a Minute on the Rails by Victor Appleton
  13. He and his wife started off on a motor trip. – A Portrait of Old George Town by Grace Dunlop Ecker
  14. They have their motor boat with them and go out for many good times. – Dorothy Dale in the City by Margaret Penrose
  15. When I had asked a few questions, he explained that since the motor traffic had started in Stordalen, many visitors came through this way, and sometimes they wanted to stop over at his house before being rowed across to the steamer. – Look Back on Happiness by Knut Hamsun
  16. I heard the motor, but it wasn't Henry Craven that I wanted to see, but the man who was coming to see him. – The Thousandth Woman by Ernest W. Hornung
  17. But Edison kept a close watch on the motor. – Edison, His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
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