• An Old-fashioned Motor-car
    An Old-fashioned Motor-car
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj motor causing or able to cause motion "a motive force","motive power","motor energy"
    • adj motor conveying information to the muscles from the CNS "motor nerves"
    • v motor travel or be transported in a vehicle "We drove to the university every morning","They motored to London for the theater"
    • n motor machine that converts other forms of energy into mechanical energy and so imparts motion
    • n motor a nonspecific agent that imparts motion "happiness is the aim of all men and the motor of all action"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Owner of violently palpitating motor car Owner of violently palpitating motor car
The Joys of Motoring The Joys of Motoring
Motor Mania Motor Mania
Motor Fiend Motor Fiend
Dal Negro's motor Dal Negro's motor

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One gallon of used motor oil can ruin approximately one million gallons of fresh water
    • Motor A motor car; an automobile.
    • Motor (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.
    • a Motor 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.
    • Motor One who, or that which, imparts motion; a source of mechanical power.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A person that is struck by lightning has a greater chance of developing motor neurone disease
    • n motor One who or that which imparts motion; a source or originator of mechanical power; a moving power, as water, steam, etc.
    • n motor Specifically.
    • n motor In mathematics, an operator or a quantity which represents the displacement of a rigid body. It involves the designation of a particular line in space, and the association with it of a length and an angle.
    • n motor In machinery, a prime mover; a contrivance for developing and applying mechanically some natural force, as heat, pressure, weight, the tide, or the wind; a machine which transforms the energy of water, steam, or electricity into mechanical energy: as, an electric motor. See machine, 2.
    • n motor In anatomy, specifically, a motor nerve.
    • motor Giving motion; imparting motion.
    • motor In physiology, conveying from the center toward the periphery an impulse that results or tends to result in motion, as a nerve: opposed to sensory.
    • motor Of or pertaining to or acting through the motor nerves or tracts.
    • n motor A motor-car.
    • n motor In anatomy, specifically, a motor nerve.
    • n motor An alternating-current motor in which the wattless current is compensated by a condenser or by auxiliary commutator-brushes; a compensated repulsion-motor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first automobile racetrack in America was the 'Indianapolis Motor Speedway,' which had 3 million cobblestones.
    • n Motor mō′tor a mover: that which gives motion: a machine by means of which steam or other sources of force can be used to give motion or produce work
    • adj Motor giving or transmitting motion
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  • Charles E. Wilson
    Charles E. Wilson
    “What's good for the country is good for General Motors, and vice versa.”
  • Barbara Johnson
    Barbara Johnson
    “Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.”


Driven by a motor - This is used to describe people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder when they talk excessively: 'they act as if driven by a motor.'


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. motorius, that has motion. See Motor (n.)


In literature:

The Motor Boys were so called because they spent so much time in or about vehicles that depended on gasoline motors for their activity.
"Ned, Bob and Jerry on the Firing Line" by Clarence Young
I'll get the motor started and be waiting.
"The Motor Boat Club and The Wireless" by H. Irving Hancock
The sound of his motor would be like sweet music in her ears.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
There was the Brahms concert, the ridiculous motor-drive, the evening at billiards, the morning in the motor, the afternoon in the punt.
"Daisy's Aunt" by E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
The constant strain of driving motor-cars is said to be responsible for a form of nervous break-down which shows a decided tendency to increase.
"Mr. Punch Awheel"
We have two stern motors and four bow motors.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
We got out the motor car and started.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
Suggestions on Care of Motor-Generator Sets.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
Do you hear airplane motors?
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
There was the sputtering of a not-yet-warmed-up motor.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
He and his motor seemed to be quite at Fay's disposal, and Jan found the situation both bewildering and embarrassing.
"Jan and Her Job" by L. Allen Harker
To begin with he had the inestimable advantage of having the gasoline motor.
"Aircraft and Submarines" by Willis J. Abbot
Two of his motors were shot.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
Then Steve started the motor of the runabout and Rick heard the broken rhythm as the motor skipped.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
The motor missed; very nearly stopped.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
It was tough to be held to the ground by a wingless motor.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
Adelle could have her own car, in which the four would take motor trips, and there was the opera, etc.
"Clark's Field" by Robert Herrick
The captain's motor boat came next.
"The Battleship Boys' First Step Upward" by Frank Gee Patchin
In the pointed tip of their tails were motors which could operate at any pressure.
"Astounding Stories, August, 1931" by Various
A motor-ambulance and other limousine motor-cars were waiting in the light from the station.
"The Blind Man's Eyes" by William MacHarg

In poetry:

Peter was a man of peace
Happily he tended geese;
Though his brothers, as they rose,
Ran a motor 'neath his nose.
"Peter" by Laura Benet
So, to the poet's mood,
Motor or carrier's wan,
Properly understood,
Are neither evil nor good—
Ormuzd not Ahriman!
"Contradictions" by Rudyard Kipling
And just go zooming round and round,
And frighten Nursey with the sound,
And see the angel-side of clouds,
And spit on all those motor-crowds!
"A Child's Garden" by Rudyard Kipling
Let's say goodbye to hedges
And roads with grassy edges
And winding country lanes;
Let all things travel faster
Where motor car is master
Till only Speed remains.
"Inexpensive Progress" by Sir John Betjeman
When it is time to go they hurry out
To find their motors, and they mark how cold
The wind is; but they seldom toss a coin
To the poor newsboy, shivering near the door.
"Manhattan" by Charles Hanson Towne
Often you've looked on a rushing train,
But just what moved it was not so plain.
It couldn't be those wires above,
For they could neither pull nor shove;
Where was the motor that made it go
You couldn't guess, but now you know.
"The Broomstick Train; Or, The Return Of The Witches" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

To see ads from the December, 2012 you must be a subscriber to Hemmings Motor News.
From the October, 2012 issue of Motor Trend.
Ford Motor, Nissan Motor and other carmakers have also received loans from the fund.
Ford Motor Company won't confirm an Automotive News report that its Lincoln brand will be re-badged as "Lincoln Motor Company.".
Motorcoach articles, motor home blogs, motor coach advice and motorhome videos.
When combining a motor and inverter, the application should tell you what type of motor fits best.
In comparison, the electric machine motor drive design systems are set to increase the motor torque to achieve the position set point.
Best-in-class motor control for up to 700 hp motors is available with the new Telemecanique Altivar 71 variable speed AC drive from Schneider Electric.
General Motors and Ford Motor Co. Reported declines in July US sales tied to.
The IronHorse general-purpose AC motor line now includes stainless steel 3-phase motors offered in ranges from 0.33 hp to 2 hp.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, right, Hyundai Motor Co. Chairman Chung Mong- koo , second right, check out a Hyundai car at the Hyundai Motor India factory in Sriperumbudur, India, Sunday, Jan 24, 2010.
Thanks to recent pension changes announced by the giant automakers General Motors and Ford Motor, tens of thousands of retirees are struggling with the complex choice between a lump-sum benefit payout and traditional monthly pension checks.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, right, Hyundai Motor Co. Chairman Chung Mong -koo, second right, check out a Hyundai car at the Hyundai Motor India factory in Sriperumbudur, India, Sunday, Jan 24, 2010.
On May 2, General Motors officially acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company.
Two popular motorized trails about 45 miles north of Boise, within the Emmett Ranger District Middle Fork Payette River area, will reopen October 1, after being closed to motorized use for over two years.

In science:

Constructing nanomechanical devices powered by biomolecular motors.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
Obviously, these two fundamental motors of the baryon cycle produce very different outcomes.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
As a prototype system for oscillation generation by proteins, we discuss a general mechanism by which many coupled active elements such as motor molecules can generate oscillations.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
Prominent examples are linear motor proteins of eucariotic cells.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
Because of the stochastic function of individual molecules, phase coherent oscillations can only be generated if many motors are involved and their fluctuations become unimportant for the collective behavior of the entire system.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
We consider motors moving along a periodic linear structure of period ℓ, see Fig. 2 (b).
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
Here, ω1 and ω2 are the rates of chemical transition between the two conformations of the motors.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
In the limit of a large number of motors discussed here, the generated oscillations are phase coherent and fluctuations have been neglected.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
In this equation, the dynamic linear response function of the motors, A, plays the role of a complex eigenvalue.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
Kreis T., and Vale R. (1993): Cytoskeletal and Motor Proteins, (Oxford University Press, New York). 2.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
It is driven by step motors controlled by a PC through RS232 serial interface.
"Pi of the Sky" - all-sky, real-time search for fast optical transients
The example here is bacterial chemotaxis, for which much is known about signal transduction and motor behavior of individual cells, but only in a limited number of cases can one rigorously derive equations describing behavior of bacterial populations [10, 11].
An equation-free computational approach for extracting population-level behavior from individual-based models of biological dispersal
As was noted in [10, 11], existing models for signal transduction and models of flagellar motor behavior involve tens of chemical species, which makes the problem very complicated for analysis.
An equation-free computational approach for extracting population-level behavior from individual-based models of biological dispersal
The sample holder can be translated in one direction (parallel to the surface of the sample) with a total displacement of 12 mm by means of a stepper motor.
Spatial Extent of Random Laser Modes
Compact superconducting motors would replace many noisy, polluting engines.
Route to Room-Temperature Superconductivity from a Practical Point of View