- traveling in a car, especially when considered as a recreation.
Origin of motoring
- a comparatively small and powerful engine, especially an internal-combustion engine in an automobile, motorboat, or the like.
- any self-powered vehicle.
- a person or thing that imparts motion, especially a contrivance, as a steam engine, that receives and modifies energy from some natural source in order to utilize it in driving machinery.
- Also called electric motor. Electricity. a machine that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy, as an induction motor.
- motors, stocks or bonds in automobile companies.
- pertaining to or operated by a motor.
- of, for, by, or pertaining to motor vehicles: motor freight.
- designed or for automobiles, their drivers, or their passengers: The hotel has a motor lobby in its parking garage for picking up and discharging passengers.
- causing or producing motion.
- Physiology. conveying an impulse that results or tends to result in motion, as a nerve.
- Psychology, Physiology. Also motoric. of, relating to, or involving muscular movement: a motor response; motor images.
- to ride or travel in an automobile; drive: They motored up the coast.
- Chiefly British. to drive or transport by car: He motored his son to school.
Origin of motor
Related Words for motoringfloat, sit, travel, move, drift, drive, cruise, go, guide, fly, shoot, run, navigate, cross, sweep, leave, skim, reach, steer, soar
Examples from the Web for motoring
Contemporary Examples of motoring
Titanic was motoring into Omaha, his temporary base, with a friend one day.Portrait of the Consummate Con Man
May 17, 2014
This is not the first time he has been in trouble for motoring offences.Guy Pelly, Prince William's Friend, Tells Cops, "I Don't Want To" When Asked To Take Breath Test
February 25, 2014
Historical Examples of motoring
Charles had a racking headache, consequent on motoring before food.Howards End
E. M. Forster
A servant informed her that "everybody" was motoring or playing golf.Sacrifice
Stephen French Whitman
"Well—er—you see I've had enough of motoring for a while," explained Andy.Tom Swift and his Motor-boat
He has a laboratory somewhere in the country, and he does quite a lot of motoring.The Man Who Knew
He had wired, it seemed, to say that he was motoring down that night.The Patrician
- the engine, esp an internal-combustion engine, of a vehicle
- (as modifier)a motor scooter
- Also called: electric motor a machine that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy by means of the forces exerted on a current-carrying coil placed in a magnetic field
- any device that converts another form of energy into mechanical energy to produce motion
- an indispensable part or player that moves a process or system along
- mainly Britisha car or other motor vehicle
- as modifiermotor spares
- producing or causing motion
- 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
- (intr) to travel by car
- (tr) British to transport by car
- (intr) informal to move fast; make good progress
- (tr) to motivate
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.
- 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.
- A machine that uses energy, such as electric or chemical energy (as from burning a fuel), to produce mechanical motion. See also engine.
- Involving the muscles or the nerves that are connected to them. Compare sensory.