Meaning of MOTOR in English

/ ˈməʊtə(r); NAmE ˈmoʊ-/ noun , adjective , verb

■ noun


a device that uses electricity, petrol / gas, etc. to produce movement and makes a machine, a vehicle, a boat, etc. work :

an electric motor

He started the motor.

—see also outboard motor


( BrE , old-fashioned or humorous ) a car

■ adjective [ only before noun ]


having an engine; using the power of an engine :

motor vehicles


( especially BrE ) connected with vehicles that have engines :

the motor industry / trade

a motor accident

motor insurance

motor fuel


( technical ) connected with movement of the body that is produced by muscles; connected with the nerves that control movement :

uncoordinated motor activity

Both motor and sensory functions are affected.

■ verb

[ v + adv. / prep. ] ( old-fashioned , BrE ) to travel by car, especially for pleasure

►  motor·ing noun [ U ]:

They're planning a motoring holiday to France this year.



late Middle English (denoting a person who imparts motion): from Latin , literally mover , based on movere to move. The current sense of the noun dates from the mid 19th cent.

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