Meaning of MOTOR in English

I. ˈmōd.ə(r), -ōtə- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Latin, from motus (past participle of movēre to move) + -or — more at move

1. : one that imparts motion : a source of mechanical power

in the medieval world view … the heavenly spheres and their angelic motors — S.F.Mason


a. : prime mover 2a(1)

b. : a small compact engine

can take twelve exposures in 5 seconds on 35 mm film, with one winding of the clockwork motor — Eastman Kodak Monthly Abstract Bulletin

motors powered by compressed air are used in wagon drill feeds, in hoists, and in many other machines which operate near a supply of compressed air — H.L.Nichols

c. : a gasoline engine (as for an automotive vehicle or motorboat)

internal-combustion type motor is universally called an engine in the aircraft industry — W.W.Stout

d. : internal-combustion engine


a. : automobile

bought the fastest motor on the market — Victoria Sackville-West

b. : motor vehicle

a cycle and motor dealer — Christopher Lynch-Robinson

4. : a rotating machine that transforms electrical energy into mechanical energy and that consists mainly of a field-magnet winding or a distributed-stator winding which produces a magnetic field and a rotating armature or rotor in whose conductors flow currents which are acted upon by the magnetic field and cause rotation, some of these machines being capable of use as either motors or generators

II. adjective


a. : causing or imparting motion

motor power

b. : of, relating to, or being a nerve or nerve fiber that passes from the central nervous system or a ganglion to a muscle and conducts an impulse that causes movement : efferent

the normal spinal motor nerve cell — Physical Therapy Review

c. : of, relating to, or involving muscular movement

motor activity

motor response

motor behavior patterns

violent motor reactions … convulsions and shakings — E.T.Clark

the mental and motor skills of effective speaking — Quarterly Journal of Speech


a. : equipped with or driven by a motor

a two-man motor toboggan — R.M.Grant

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

motor trip

motor industry

c. : designed for motor vehicles or motorists

motor road

motor fuels

motor hotel

III. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

intransitive verb

: to travel by automobile : go by car : drive

often motored down from London — Susan Ertz

transitive verb

1. : to convey or transport by motorcar : drive

whose parents motor them to many places of historic … interest — British Book News

2. : to set or keep in motion (as by a motor)

it was not possible to motor engines connected to the induction-type dynamometer — M.A.Elliott

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