- the initial agent, as wind or electricity, that puts a machine in motion.
- a machine, as a water wheel or steam engine, that receives and modifies energy as supplied by some natural source.
Origin of prime mover
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How to use prime mover in a sentence
That spirit, the Columbia University professor suggested, “may even have been the prime mover in the development of language itself.”From ‘Scientist’ to ‘Spam,’ the Surprisingly Playful Origins of English Words|Ralph Keyes|April 1, 2021|Time
He has been considered a kingmaker, a prime mover behind Republican candidates from Corbett to 2018’s GOP gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner, as well as dozens more down-ballot candidates.
Domestically, the prime minister maintains the dubious line that he is the only man who can keep the still-fragile peace.
Hamish Marshall himself is a former staffer of Prime Minister Harper.How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline|Jay Michaelson|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Castro actually flew up to Montreal to be a pallbearer at the 2000 funeral of a beloved Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau.
A prime example: your “real name” policy, which unfairly targeted the LGBTQ community.10 Things That Made Us Want to Turn Off the Internet Forever in 2014|The Daily Beast|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When they were working together, 35 years ago, she was in her prime and one of the most beautiful women in the world.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But,” said the prime minister of Flatland, starting a difficulty, “who is to be greatest chief?The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
The Minister pointed out to them the attendant difficulties, and referred them to the Prime Minister.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
Even then the Prime Minister was with difficulty prevented from bowling during forbidden hours.
Thimbletoes doesn't fancy that, you know, because the Prime Minister has all the honey he wants, by way of a salary.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
Spencer Perceval, prime minister of Great Britain, shot in the lobby of the house of commons.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
British Dictionary definitions for prime mover (1 of 2)
- the source of power, such as fuel, wind, electricity, etc, for a machine
- the means of extracting power from such a source, such as a steam engine, electric motor, etc
British Dictionary definitions for prime mover (2 of 2)
Other Idioms and Phrases with prime mover
The initial source of energy directed toward a goal, someone or something that sets others in motion. For example, Jean was the prime mover in getting us more laboratory space, or Patriotism was the prime mover of the revolution. [Late 1600s]