locomotive

[ loh-kuh-moh-tiv ]
/ ˌloʊ kəˈmoʊ tɪv /

noun

adjective

Origin of locomotive

1605–15; < Latin locō, ablative of locus place + motive (adj.); compare Medieval Latin in locō movērī to change position

Related forms

lo·co·mo·tive·ly, adverblo·co·mo·tive·ness, lo·co·mo·tiv·i·ty, nounun·lo·co·mo·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for locomotive

locomotive

/ (ˌləʊkəˈməʊtɪv) /

noun

  1. Also called: locomotive engine a self-propelled engine driven by steam, electricity, or diesel power and used for drawing trains along railway tracks
  2. (as modifier)a locomotive shed; a locomotive works

adjective

of or relating to locomotion
moving or able to move, as by self-propulsion

Derived Forms

locomotively, adverblocomotiveness, noun
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