Origin of locomotive
Examples from the Web for locomotive
When it was first introduced some 170 years ago, the locomotive ran on a domestic fuel source.
His torso was nude and his legs had been amputated by the locomotive engine.Rome’s Deadly Pub Crawls Kill American College Student|Barbie Latza Nadeau|March 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Another time, I was shooting a locomotive and it blew up, and some of the stuff got in my air scoop, but I managed to fly it back.Dr. Roscoe Brown, A Real-Life Tuskegee Airman, Tells His ‘Red Tails’ Story|Marlow Stern|January 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
When a tiger attacks a zookeeper, it is "making a noise like a locomotive."
Coal is really stored-up sunlight and the locomotive, devouring it, is devouring sunlight.Insect Adventures|J. Henri Fabre
In this locomotive the gear is the same as that of the next illustration, but it is securely boxed in a watertight iron cover.
I don't know how long I had been asleep, but what made me wake up was the whistle of a locomotive.Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
If the brake cylinder pipe breaks, can the locomotive brake be applied with the automatic brake valve?The Traveling Engineers' Association|Anonymous
Off to the right of them windows showed lights; the clang of a locomotive bell came to them as from a great distance.Truxton King|George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for locomotive
- Also called: locomotive engine a self-propelled engine driven by steam, electricity, or diesel power and used for drawing trains along railway tracks
- (as modifier)a locomotive shed; a locomotive works
Word Origin and History for locomotive
1610s, "pertaining to movement," from French locomotif, from Latin loco "from a place" (ablative of locus "place;" see locus) + Late Latin motivus "moving" (see motive). The noun meaning "railroad engine" is from 1829, short for locomotive engine (1814).