Meaning of MOTOR in English

I. ˈmō-tər noun

Etymology: Latin, from movēre to move

Date: 1586

1. : one that imparts motion ; specifically : prime mover

2. : any of various power units that develop energy or impart motion: 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

• mo·tor·dom -dəm noun

• mo·tor·less -ləs adjective

II. adjective

Date: 1824


a. : 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


a. : equipped with or driven by a motor

b. : of, relating to, or involving an automobile

c. : designed for motor vehicles or motorists

III. verb

Date: 1896

intransitive verb

1. : to travel by automobile : drive

2. : to move or proceed at a vigorous steady pace

motor ed down the field for a touchdown

transitive verb

: to transport by automobile

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.