• Snow Locomotive. Takes the place of 12 teamsters and 12 horses. Minnesota
    Snow Locomotive. Takes the place of 12 teamsters and 12 horses. Minnesota
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n locomotion self-propelled movement
    • n locomotion the power or ability to move
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A man jumps from one steam locomotive to another A man jumps from one steam locomotive to another
Electric locomotive in tunnel Electric locomotive in tunnel
Locomotive injector Locomotive injector
Trevithick's locomotive Trevithick's locomotive
Hackworth's locomotive Hackworth's locomotive
Stephenson's locomotive Stephenson's locomotive

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the late 19th century, millions of human mummies were used as fuel for locomotives in Egypt where wood and coal was scarce, but mummies were plentiful.
    • Locomotion The act of moving from place to place. "Animal locomotion ."
    • Locomotion The name of a song and a dance, briefly popular in the 1960's; as, do the locomotion .
    • Locomotion The power of moving from place to place, characteristic of the higher animals and some of the lower forms of plant life.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n locomotion Movement from place to place; progressive motion, as of a living being or a vehicle; the act of moving from point to point; also, the capability of moving in this manner.
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  • Orison Swett Marden
    “No man can be ideally successful until he has found his place. Like a locomotive he is strong on the track, but weak anywhere else.”
  • William C. Bryant
    William C. Bryant
    “Truth gets well if she is run over by a locomotive, while error dies of lockjaw if she scratches her finger.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. locus, place + motio, motion: cf. F. locomotion,. See Local, and Motion


In literature:

The water came down with the speed of a locomotive.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Then, several locomotive engines in several directions began to scream and be agitated.
"Mugby Junction" by Charles Dickens
Two new passenger locomotives were purchased in 1880 to handle the heavier trains.
"The 'Pioneer': Light Passenger Locomotive of 1851" by John H. White
This increased employment in transport is by no means confined to the new services of steam locomotion by land and sea.
"The Evolution of Modern Capitalism" by John Atkinson Hobson
And it was nearly dark when I was awakened by the startling whistle of a locomotive.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
In old-standing dislocations, operation is to be advised only when locomotion is seriously interfered with.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
He at once set about making his first locomotive.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 6 of 8" by Various
In these animals the fore limbs are not freed from duty as organs of locomotion.
"Man And His Ancestor" by Charles Morris
The landscape drifted by swiftly and more swiftly, as Ralph gave the locomotive full head.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
The era of the locomotive, the day of the chartered car, had arrived.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
At its click both locomotive and steamship speed to the relief of famine in any quarter of the globe.
"Little Masterpieces of Science:" by Various
The construction of locomotives engaged the attention of ingenious minds a century and a half ago.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
How do locomotives hear?
"The Handbook of Conundrums" by Edith B. Ordway
From the valley they heard the shrill whistle of the locomotive, and the hollow rumbling of the train of cars.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
Five cars were hitched on to two locomotives, and two cars to one locomotive.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
It was begun in 1852, and the first locomotive crossed it in March, 1855.
"The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts" by George W. Holley
The bell of the locomotive was ringing a hurry signal.
"The Hills of Refuge" by Will N. Harben
The locomotives and the submarines burn the same type of oil.
"The Five Arrows" by Allan Chase
Trevithick's Locomotive, 1804 175 51.
"A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine" by Robert H. Thurston

In poetry:

When publishers no longer steal,
And pay for what they stole before,--
When the first locomotive's wheel
Rolls through the Hoosac Tunnel's bore;--
"Latter-Day Warnings" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Out of the damp black night,
The noise of locomotives,
A thousand whispering,
Sharp-nailed, sinewed, slight,
I meet that alien thing
Your hand, with all its motives.
"The End Of A Leave" by Roy Fuller
'Tis Sunday evening, and the twilight gray
Is fading into night—mid peace profound,
When screaming, rushing, on its iron way,
The locomotive wakes the echoes round.
"Intemperance And The Sunday Trains" by Janet Hamilton
To go with a locomotive!
To hear the hiss of steam—the merry shriek—the steam-whistle—the
laughing locomotive!
To push with resistless way, and speed off in the distance.
"Poems Of Joys" by Walt Whitman
Well, the neighbors they were few and were many miles apart,
And you couldn't hear the locomotive scream;
But I was young and hardy, and my Mollie gave me heart,
And my "steers" they made a fast and fancy team.
"The Pioneer" by Hanford Lennox Gordon

In news:

The locomotive , named the J.
Locomotive fire quickly extinguished in Jefferson County.
Crane being brought from New York to Hoboken to lift derailed locomotive .
A Union Pacific Railroad steam locomotive will pass through Lawrence on Saturday on its cross-country journey celebrating the railroad's 150th anniversary.
Derailed locomotive at Hoboken rail yards has been re-railed.
In addition to steam engine No 844, a variety of other locomotives and equipment will be on special display from 10 am to 5 pm next Saturday and Sunday in Old Sacramento.
Discover the role of early steam locomotives in the expansion of a newly formed nation.
Stony Hill's maze design includes a dynamic view of a steam locomotive .
A service kit has been developed and sent to MTH Authorized Retailers that sold the locomotives .
The kit will be distributed at no charge to any service center or customer who purchased the affected locomotives (Item Nos 30-1560-1, 30-1561-1), according to MTH.
Bo and the Locomotive at the Fireibird Jarred Gastreich.
A Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman said the engine of one of three locomotives pulling the train caught fire at about 10 on Monday morning.
It's been a bustling last year for Bo and the Locomotive .
CSX's newest piece of equipment may not be more powerful than its other locomotives , but under the hood is a design that lends something even more important than power in today's world: efficiency.
According to Union Pacific Railroad's website, their "Challenger" No 3985, the world's largest operating steam locomotive , will be on a six-state, 2,200 mile tour from Cheyenne, Wyo.

In science:

A chain is often the preferred locomotion configuration of modular robots for moving over steps, snaking into holes or squeezing through narrow passages.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
Locomotion with a Unit-Modular Reconfigurable Robot.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
An example of a multi-X FFL in the locomotion control circuit of C. elegans is shown in Fig.
Topological Generalizations of network motifs
An example of a double-X FFL in the locomotion neural circuit of C. elegans.
Topological Generalizations of network motifs
These results supports the idea of imposed-force locomotion .
The random walk of a low-Reynolds-number swimmer
The hydrodynamics of water strider locomotion.
Deformation of a free interface pierced by a tilted cylinder
Gps analysis of human locomotion: Further evidence for long-range correlations in stride-to-stride fluctuations of gait parameters.
Effect of rhythmic auditory cueing on gait stability during treadmill walking: an experimental study in healthy individuals
The random flight models have been introduced in order to describe the real motions and they can be connected with the biological locomotion.
Asymptotic results for random flights
Nossal, R. (1983) Stochastic aspects of biological locomotion. J.
Asymptotic results for random flights
The study of the physics of locomotion at low Reynolds number has a long history.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
The goal of this review is to describe the theoretical framework for locomotion at low Reynolds number.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Note that Eq. (3) is linear and independent of time, a fact with important consequences for locomotion, as we discuss below.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Three important features of Eqs. (5-6) needed to be emphasized for their implications for locomotion.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
As we discuss in §4, drag anisotropy is a crucial ingredient without which biological locomotion could not occur at low Reynolds number.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
If the body is slender and displays directed tangential displacement all along its surface, so that a material source is present on one side of the body, and a sink on the other side (Fig. 17d), the resulting locomotion can occur with arbitrarily high efficiency [290].
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms