verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- motor area,
- motor ataxia,
- motor camp,
- motor caravan,
- motor cortex
Origin of motor
Examples from the Web for motor
They can hear the sound of his boat's motor, growing louder as it comes over the horizon.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The turbulent waters caused one of his oars to crack, which—without a motor or a sail—can be severely detrimental to his voyage.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother|Justin Jones|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was initially with a group that traveled by motor vehicles, but has spent the past two decades with a horse at his helm.
But if the outness of LGBT Americans is indeed the motor for social change, then there is certainly still cause for concern.
“I would build a motor car for the great multitude,” he said.
How the motor roared as our hero jerked his levers back into their old position.The Hero of Panama|F. S. Brereton
But for the accident to the motor they would not have dreamed of making a landing short of the aviation field at Bar-le-Duc.Air Service Boys Over The Enemy's Lines|Charles Amory Beach
The motor was started and the machinery began to hum and throb.Tom Swift and his Wireless Message|Victor Appleton
They are used in practically all the work for which gas engines are employed, including automobiles, motor boats, and aeroplanes.The Boy's Book of New Inventions|Harry E. Maule
A motor rushed past her, covering her with dust and causing her to clench her hands in anger.The Halo|Bettina von Hutten
- the engine, esp an internal-combustion engine, of a vehicle
- (as modifier)a motor scooter
- mainly Britisha car or other motor vehicle
- as modifiermotor spares
- of or relating to nerves or neurons that carry impulses that cause muscles to contract
- of or relating to movement or to muscles that induce movement
Word Origin for motor
mid-15c., "controller, prime mover," from Latin motor, literally "mover," agent noun from past participle stem of movere "to move" (see move (v.)). From 15c. as "controller, prime mover" (in reference to God); sense of "agent or force that produces mechanical motion" is first recorded 1660s; that of "machine that supplies motive power" is from 1856. First record of slang motor-mouth "fast-talking person" is from 1970.
1896, from motor (n.). Related: Motored; motoring.