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mo·tive pow·er

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  1. locomotion, motive power, motivitynoun

    the power or ability to move


  1. motive powernoun

    The power that enables something to move; also used in a figurative sense.


  1. Motive power

    In thermodynamics, motive power is an agency, such as water or steam, used to impart motion. Generally, motive power is defined as a natural agent, as water, steam, wind, electricity, etc., used to impart motion to machinery; a motor; a mover. The term may also define something, as a locomotive or a motor, which provides motive power to a system. In current use, motive power may be thought of as a synonym for either "work", i.e. force times distance, or "power", an effect producing motion, depending on the context of the discussion.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of motive power in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of motive power in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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