/ˈmoʊtər/ Show Spelled[moh-ter] Show IPA
a comparatively small and powerful engine, esp. an internal-combustion engine in an automobile, motorboat, or the like.
any self-powered vehicle.
a person or thing that imparts motion, esp. 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, pertaining to, or involving muscular movement: a motor response; motor images.
–verb (used without object)
to ride or travel in an automobile; drive: They motored up the coast.
–verb (used with object)
Chiefly British . to drive or transport by car: He motored his son to school.
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