• 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
    • adj locomotive of or relating to locomotion
    • n locomotive a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks
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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.
    • n Locomotive A locomotive engine; a self-propelling wheel carriage, especially one which bears a steam boiler and one or more steam engines which communicate motion to the wheels and thus propel the carriage, -- used to convey goods or passengers, or to draw wagons, railroad cars, etc. See Illustration in Appendix.
    • Locomotive Moving from place to place; changing place, or able to change place; as, a locomotive animal.
    • Locomotive Used in producing motion; as, the locomotive organs of an animal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • locomotive Moving from place to place; changing place, or able to effect change of (its own) place: as, a locomotive animal.
    • locomotive Having the power to produce motion, or to move (something else) from place to place: as, a locomotive organ of the body; a locomotive engine.
    • locomotive Of or pertaining to locomotion; locomotory.
    • n locomotive A steam-engine which travels on wheels turned by its own power; specifically, an engine designed and adapted to travel on a railway; a railroad-engine. Locomotives designed to travel upon the ground or ordinary highways and to draw loads are more commonly called traction-engines; and those used upon common roads and designed to carry passengers are called steam-wagons or steam-carriages. (See traction-engine and steam-carriage.) American locomotives are distinguished from those constructed in other countries by the exterior position of the cylinders, the absence of heavy framing, the use of bogies, a system of suspension by means of bars or levers, and certain minor features, such as the cow-catcher and single headlight. The essential parts of a locomotive are the boiler (usually long, horizontal, and of the “locomotive type” (see locomotive-boiler), with many tubes), the running-gear or wheel-system, and the engine proper, this being a double-cylinder, reversing, high-pressure motor, of which the exhaust-steam is thrown into the smoke-stack to urge the draft of the fire. The various wheel-systems employed have given rise to special types of locomotives. See passenger-locomotive, switching-locomotive, tank-locomotive, etc., below. See also cut under passenger engine.
    • n locomotive Geared locomotives having toothed driving-wheels, the teeth of which engage a rack, are used for steep grades in mountain railways.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Locomotive lō-ko-mō′tiv moving from place to place: capable of, or assisting in, locomotion
    • n Locomotive a locomotive machine: a railway engine
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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
Cf. F. locomotif,. See Locomotion


In literature:

Heavier locomotives could not well be used because the iron rails went to pieces under them.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Firing a fat locomotive up the grades around Siwash with bad coal gives a man great talent in expression.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
Guess they won't start another circus if we meet a freight locomotive on the switches.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
At least, there were a locomotive and two cars.
"The Mission of Janice Day" by Helen Beecher Long
He told Dick he was a locomotive fireman, but had got into trouble, the nature of which he did not disclose.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
Much later came Stephenson with his locomotive.
"James Watt" by Andrew Carnegie
The locomotives are much smaller than ours and have brass boilers.
"In the Flash Ranging Service" by Edward Alva Trueblood
I went into a coach-maker's shop and made this locomotive, which I called the Tom Thumb, because it was so insignificant.
"Peter Cooper" by Rossiter W. Raymond
Although so slow in their locomotion and actions, turtles have well-developed senses.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
What does this shape tell us of such more formidable locomotion?
"The Beautiful" by Vernon Lee
They did not know that at that time the locomotives in the rear of the German armies were reversed; were heading to the north.
"Waiting for Daylight" by Henry Major Tomlinson
It was from the headlight of a locomotive that we couldn't see yet.
"Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Landolin knows very well that it is a locomotive, but nevertheless he starts back from the window in terror, and sits down in a chair.
"Landolin" by Berthold Auerbach
There was a red-hot locomotive plowing through a car of dynamite, and of course she went up.
"Careers of Danger and Daring" by Cleveland Moffett
On the first of the tangents the locomotive was stopped at a watering-tank.
"The King of Arcadia" by Francis Lynde
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in this district called upon Supt.
"The Pullman Boycott" by W. F. Burns
I once had a very thrilling experience while riding in the cab of the locomotive pulling our train from Indiana, Pa.
"Sawdust & Spangles" by W. C. Coup
The locomotives were assembled in still a third place.
"Our Army at the Front" by Heywood Broun
"Capturing a Locomotive" by William Pittenger
In 1796 Richard Trevithick, a Cornish marine captain, was producing a road locomotive.
"Inventions in the Century" by William Henry Doolittle

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:

As part of the program, the railroad moves inactive locomotives indoors during the winter to avoid unnecessary idling , and reduce fuel usage and emissions.
Minogue kicked off last night's 'DWTS' results show with 'Locomotion'.
Scientists at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta, are studying lizard locomotion as part of a research project to build robots for use in the desert.
Russia's state-owned railway operator signed a framework agreement with Germany's Siemens for the delivery of 675 locomotives as part of a joint venture with Russia's Sinara Group.
The program includes purchases of 770 locomotives a year in 2013 to 2015, according to a statement this month, compared with 2,200 locomotives bought in the previous five years for about 164 billion rubles.
The 30,000-square-foot facility is designed to service up to four locomotives at a time.
The shop features fueling and sanding stations, a locomotive wash bay, overhead cranes and underground walkways.
"Usually, we paint the train according to a customer's colors," said Cox, noting that the sale of locomotives is a global business.
The last steam locomotive ever built for the Union Pacific Railroad is on public display in Shreveport.
Locomotive Ends Up in the Sacramento River Friday, October 12, 2012 By Gail Fiorini-Jenner.
Lack of locomotive leads to loss of Boloco.
In 1868, the Central Pacific Railroad purchased four steam locomotives from Schenectady Locomotive Works.
This Leviathan 63 replica is America's newest operating steam locomotive .
Steam locomotive to pass through Niles.
My surprise came in the form of one of the locomotives .

In science:

Situations where Lext (t) is non-zero include the locomotion of nose-heavy or bottom-heavy cells ; in all other cases we will assume Lext (t) = 0.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
This conclusion relies explicitly on the properties of Stokes flows, and in a world with isotropic viscous friction (ξ⊥ = ξk ), locomotion would not be possible [31, 70].
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
When applied to low-Reynolds number locomotion, the linearity and timeindependence of Stokes equation of motion lead to two important properties .
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
From Eq. (10), we know that the instantaneous speed of locomotion is given by a general integral of the form U(t) = Z Zf (rS ) ˙rS · g(rS ) dS, where we have used uS = ˙rS = drS /dt.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
By combining the two results, we see therefore that ∆X = 0: Reciprocal motion cannot be used for locomotion at low Reynolds numbers.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
The local drag theory illustrated in the previous section allows an intuitive presentation of the scaling laws for flagella-based locomotion.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
The flagellar filaments emerge from motors at either pole of the cell, but the rotating flagella distort the body in a nonreciprocal way that leads to locomotion [158, 159].
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Just as other nearby cells influence the dynamics of a swimming microorganism, the presence of boundaries, and more generally confinement, significantly impacts cell locomotion.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Four distinct aspects of cell locomotion are modified by the presence of nearby boundaries.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Hydrodynamic interactions between flagella also play a pivotal role for bacterial locomotion.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Wild-type swimming bacteria, such as E. coli, typically display “run-and-tumble” behavior during their locomotion.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Locomotion powered by chemical reactions [281].
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
The physical mechanisms of propulsion at low Reynolds number can be exploited in a number of ways beyond biological or synthetic locomotion.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Floppy swimming: Viscous locomotion of actuated elastica.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Soft swimming: Exploiting deformable interfaces for low Reynolds number locomotion.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms