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Origin of motor

1580–90; <Latin mōtor mover, equivalent to mō- (variant stem of movēre to move) + -tor-tor

OTHER WORDS FROM motor

mul·ti·mo·tor, noun
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How to use motor in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for motor

motor
/ (ˈməʊtə) /

noun
adjective
producing or causing motion
physiol
  1. of or relating to nerves or neurons that carry impulses that cause muscles to contract
  2. of or relating to movement or to muscles that induce movement
verb

Word Origin for motor

C16: from Latin mōtor a mover, from movēre to move
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Medical definitions for motor

motor
[ mōtər ]

adj.
Causing or producing motion.
Of or being nerves that carry impulses from the nerve centers to the muscles.
Involving or relating to movements of the muscles.
Of or relating to an organism's overt reaction to a stimulus.
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Scientific definitions for motor

motor
[ mōtər ]

Noun
A machine that uses energy, such as electric or chemical energy (as from burning a fuel), to produce mechanical motion. See also engine.
Adjective
Involving the muscles or the nerves that are connected to them. Compare sensory.
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