Locomotive meaning

lō'kə-mō'tĭv
Of or relating to a self-propelled locomotive.
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A driving or pulling force; an impetus.
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Of or relating to travel.
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A self-propelled vehicle, usually electric or diesel-powered, for pulling or pushing freight or passenger cars on railroad tracks.
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Designating or of engines that move under their own power.

Locomotive design.

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Able to move independently from place to place.
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Of locomotion.
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Moving or capable of moving from one place to another; not stationary.
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An engine that can move about by its own power; esp., an electric, steam, or diesel engine on wheels, designed to push or pull a railroad train.
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Of or relating to locomotion.
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Of or relating to the power unit of a train which does not carry passengers or freight itself.
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Origin of locomotive

  • Latin locō from a place ablative of locus place Medieval Latin mōtīvus causing motion motive
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Pertaining to movement from French locomotif (feminine locomotive), from Latin loco from a place (ablativus of locus place) + Vulgar Latin motivus moving (see motive)
    From Wiktionary