Mo"tor (?), n. [L., fr. movere, motum, to move.]


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

2. (Mach.)

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.


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Mo"tor (?), Mo"to*ry (?), Mo*to"ri*al (?), a. [L. motorius that has motion. See Motor, n.]

Causing or setting up motion; pertaining to organs of motion; -- applied especially in physiology to those nerves or nerve fibers which only convey impressions from a nerve center to muscles, thereby causing motion.


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Mo"tor, n.

A motor car; an automobile. [Colloq.]


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