What does motor mean?

Definitions for motor
ˈmoʊ tərmo·tor

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word motor.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. motornoun

    machine that converts other forms of energy into mechanical energy and so imparts motion

  2. motoradjective

    a nonspecific agent that imparts motion

    "happiness is the aim of all men and the motor of all action"

  3. centrifugal, motor(a)adjective

    conveying information to the muscles from the CNS

    "motor nerves"

  4. motive(a), motorverb

    causing or able to cause motion

    "a motive force"; "motive power"; "motor energy"

  5. drive, motorverb

    travel or be transported in a vehicle

    "We drove to the university every morning"; "They motored to London for the theater"

Wiktionary

  1. motornoun

    A machine or device that converts any form of energy into mechanical energy, or imparts motion.

  2. motornoun

    A motor car, or automobile.

  3. motornoun

    a small internal combustion engine, especially a powerful one for the size (as in motorboat, motor car).

  4. motornoun

    An electric motor.

  5. motorverb

    to drive around leisurely in a motorised vehicle.

  6. motoradjective

    describing neurons that create the ability to move

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Motornoun

    A mover.

    Etymology: moteur, Fr. from moveo, Latin.

    Those bodies being of a congenerous nature do readily receive the impressions of their motor, and, if not fettered by their gravity, conform themselves to situations, wherein they best unite unto their animator. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. ii.

Wikipedia

  1. motor

    An engine or motor is a machine designed to convert one or more forms of energy into mechanical energy.Available energy sources include potential energy (e.g. energy of the Earth's gravitational field as exploited in hydroelectric power generation), heat energy (e.g. geothermal), chemical energy, electric potential and nuclear energy (from nuclear fission or nuclear fusion). Many of these processes generate heat as an intermediate energy form, so heat engines have special importance. Some natural processes, such as atmospheric convection cells convert environmental heat into motion (e.g. in the form of rising air currents). Mechanical energy is of particular importance in transportation, but also plays a role in many industrial processes such as cutting, grinding, crushing, and mixing. Mechanical heat engines convert heat into work via various thermodynamic processes. The internal combustion engine is perhaps the most common example of a mechanical heat engine, in which heat from the combustion of a fuel causes rapid pressurisation of the gaseous combustion products in the combustion chamber, causing them to expand and drive a piston, which turns a crankshaft. Unlike internal combustion engines, a reaction engine (such as a jet engine) produces thrust by expelling reaction mass, in accordance with Newton's third law of motion. Apart from heat engines, electric motors convert electrical energy into mechanical motion, pneumatic motors use compressed air, and clockwork motors in wind-up toys use elastic energy. In biological systems, molecular motors, like myosins in muscles, use chemical energy to create forces and ultimately motion (a chemical engine, but not a heat engine). Chemical heat engines which employ air (ambient atmospheric gas) as a part of the fuel reaction are regarded as airbreathing engines. Chemical heat engines designed to operate outside of Earth's atmosphere (e.g. rockets, deeply submerged submarines) need to carry an additional fuel component called the oxidizer (although there exist super-oxidizers suitable for use in rockets, such as fluorine, a more powerful oxidant than oxygen itself); or the application needs to obtain heat by non-chemical means, such as by means of nuclear reactions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Motornoun

    one who, or that which, imparts motion; a source of mechanical power

  2. Motornoun

    a prime mover; a machine by means of which a source of power, as steam, moving water, electricity, etc., is made available for doing mechanical work

  3. Motornoun

    alt. of Motorial

  4. Etymology: [L., fr. movere, motum, to move.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Motor

    mō′tor, n. a mover: that which gives motion: a machine by means of which steam or other sources of force can be used to give motion or produce work.—adj. giving or transmitting motion.—ns. Mō′tor-car, a vehicle for the road impelled by steam, electricity, or petrol (petroleum spirit); Mō′tor-dy′namo, a dynamo used as a motor.—adjs. Motō′rial, Mō′tory, giving motion.—n. Motō′rium, that part of the nervous organism instrumental in the exertion of motor influence:—opp. to Sensorium, that which feels or perceives.—adj. Motorpath′ic, belonging to Motor′pathy or the movement cure.—Motor nerve, any nerve which transmits impulse to the muscles.—Air-motor, a machine impelled by compressed air. [Cf. Motive.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. motor

    The prime mover in machinery.

Editors Contribution

  1. motor

    An element of a machine created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    The motor can be a facet of a machine.


    Submitted by MaryC on May 2, 2020  


  2. motor

    Relating to the movement of energy through the body, brain, conscience, consciousness, mind and subconscious.

    The motor neurons are all processing at superluminal speed.


    Submitted by MaryC on May 2, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'motor' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2510

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'motor' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2417

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'motor' in Nouns Frequency: #957

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of motor in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of motor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of motor in a Sentence

  1. German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel:

    I can only warn against calling diesel overall into question. We need to be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, in the USA three types of motor were checked, of which two were manipulated by Volkswagen but for a third motor there were no concerns at all about it not keeping to the emissions values.

  2. Elliot Richard Haut:

    That’s more than breast cancer and motor vehicle collisions combined, which is staggering.

  3. Aung Zaw Oo:

    It's an emergency situation we have never faced before, we have only two motor boats for the rescue process. The government plans to send more.

  4. Fox News:

    This is just the greatest plane. Its got this big, old radial motor.

  5. Hyundai Motor:

    Hyundai Motor expects that on-year sales growth might slow down for the rest of 2021 amid adverse business conditions caused by the unstable supply of semiconductor chips.

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