Meaning of LOCOMOTIVE in English


— locomotively , adv. — locomotiveness, locomotivity , n.

/loh'keuh moh"tiv/ , n.

1. a self-propelled, vehicular engine, powered by steam, a diesel, or electricity, for pulling or, sometimes, pushing a train or individual railroad cars.

2. an organized group cheer, usually led by a cheerleader, as at a football or basketball game, that begins slowly and progressively increases in speed in such a way as to suggest a steam locomotive.

3. Archaic. any self-propelled vehicle.


4. of or pertaining to locomotives.

5. of, pertaining to, or aiding in locomotion or movement from place to place: the locomotive powers of most animals.

6. moving or traveling by means of its own mechanism or powers.

7. serving to produce such movement; adapted for or used in locomotion: locomotive organs.

8. having the power of locomotion: an animal that is locomotive at birth.

[ 1605-15; loco, abl. of locus place + MOTIVE (adj.); cf. ML in loco moveri to change position ]

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