verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of motor
Examples from the Web for motor
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 13, 2014
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
October 19, 2014
He was initially with a group that traveled by motor vehicles, but has spent the past two decades with a horse at his helm.London’s Pagan Counterculture Kings
October 12, 2014
But if the outness of LGBT Americans is indeed the motor for social change, then there is certainly still cause for concern.Now Is the Time to Come Out
October 11, 2014
“I would build a motor car for the great multitude,” he said.From the Model T to the Model S
The Daily Beast
September 24, 2014
Historical Examples of motor
A few years only back, every Carolinian rode to town, and the motor was unknown.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
Much of the efficiency of the motor is due to the form and gearing of the propeller.
For example, there is neither an intake or exhaust manifold on the motor.
If the machine is to be kept afloat the motor must be kept moving.
On Model B a Holmes rotary 7-cylinder motor of 4x4-inch bore and stroke is used.
- 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.