- 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.
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And then it would be such a glorious thing to secure the prime-mover.Secret Band of Brothers|Jonathan Harrington Green
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)
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]