- Motor is defined as something having to do with muscular movement.
An example of motor is being able to move your arms up and down, to have motor skills.
- The definition of a motor is anything that makes something move.
An example of a motor is the steam engine of a train.
- anything that produces or imparts motion
- an engine; esp., an internal-combustion engine for propelling a vehicle
- motor vehicle
- Elec. a machine for converting electric energy into mechanical energy
Origin of motorL, a mover from motus, past participle of movere, move
- producing or imparting motion
- of, having to do with, or powered by a motor or motors: motor oil, motor parts, a motor bicycle
- of, by, or for motor vehicles: a motor trip
- for motorists: a motor inn
- designating or of a nerve carrying impulses from the central nervous system to a muscle that produces motion
- of, manifested by, or involving muscular movements: a motor reflex, motor skills
- to ride in a motor vehicle; esp., to travel by automobile
- Informal to walk or otherwise proceed at a swift or steady pace
- Something, such as a machine or an engine, that produces or imparts motion.
- A device that converts any form of energy into mechanical energy, especially an internal-combustion engine or an arrangement of coils and magnets that converts electric current into mechanical power.
- A motor vehicle, especially an automobile: “It was a night of lovers. All along the highway … motors were parked and dim figures were clasped in revery” ( Sinclair Lewis )
- Causing or producing motion: motor power.
- Driven by or having a motor.
- Of or for motors or motor vehicles: motor oil.
- Of, relating to, or designating nerves that carry impulses from the nerve centers to the muscles.
- Involving or relating to movements of the muscles: motor coordination; a motor reflex.
verbmo·tored, mo·tor·ing, mo·tors
Origin of motorMiddle English motour prime mover from Latin mōtor from mōtus past participle of movēre to move ; see meuə- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present motors, present participle motoring, simple past and past participle motored)