• An Old-fashioned Motor-car
    An Old-fashioned Motor-car
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v motorize equip with armed and armored motor vehicles "mechanize armies"
    • v motorize equip with a motor "motorized scooters are now the rage"
    • v motorize equip with a motor vehicle "The police around here are not motorized and patrol the streets on horseback"
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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
    • Motorize to equip (a piece of machinery) with a motor.
    • Motorize to provide with automobiles or other motor vehicles; as, a motorized army division.
    • Motorize To substitute motor-driven vehicles, or automobiles, for the horses and horse-drawn vehicles of (a fire department, city, etc.).
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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
    • motorize In psychology, to apprehend a visual or auditory stimulus in motor or kinesthetic terms.
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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
Motor, + -ize,


In literature:

There was a moment's difficult silence; then the man with the motor spoke.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Don't talk to me of motor-boats!
"Flood Tide" by Sara Ware Bassett
I've had an interesting day to-day, motoring round with the C.O.
"Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915" by Anonymous
Military motors and motor-cycles came and went, and orderlies dashed up on horseback and delivered messages; it looked like war.
"A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium" by Hugh Gibson
A large Martian company has recently developed a radiactum engine to compete with our Earth motor.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
Arabs walked in the middle of the street, and disdained to quicken their steps for motor cars and carriages.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
It was part of the routine for a convoy of motor trucks to bring ammunition forward to the trenches.
"Golden Lads" by Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
Each boat carries three of the 8-cylinder 6-3/4 x 7-3/4 Duesenberg, 350 to 400 horsepower motors.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
If you boys motor along there, can't you come to see us?
"The Outdoor Girls at Ocean View" by Laura Lee Hope
Captain March sent a motor car for us, and I saw Father and Di were both impressed by this.
"Secret History Revealed By Lady Peggy O'Malley" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
The second book brought our heroines into the midst of summer, and also saw them started on a voyage in Betty's motor boat.
"The Outdoor Girls in Florida" by Laura Lee Hope
I'll motor out in the morning and have a look at things.
"Curlie Carson Listens In" by Roy J. Snell
This general principle is Motor Suggestion.
"The Story of the Mind" by James Mark Baldwin
We might motor up to Seven Pines, that's our country place, for a few days.
"Rebecca's Promise" by Frances R. Sterrett
Rex is here and he's found the motor boat.
"The Deserted Yacht" by Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
Not all of these folk would travel by train if there were no motor cars.
"The Railroad Problem" by Edward Hungerford
That is the Liberty motor, probably the most successful motor that has ever yet been devised for an airplane.
"The Romance of Aircraft" by Lawrence Yard Smith
The most daring aviator would have to descend to earth, if his motor stopped.
"Bert Wilson's Twin Cylinder Racer" by J. W. Duffield
Trent hired a motor car and drove through the leafy Norfolk lanes.
"The Secret of the Silver Car" by Wyndham Martyn
Miss Pomeroy wants the motor, but she won't get the motor without me.
"The Affair at the Inn" by Kate Douglas Wiggin

In poetry:

The rich man has his motor-car,
His country and his town estate.
He smokes a fifty-cent cigar
And jeers at Fate.
"The Rich Man" by Franklin Pierce Adams
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
I might be just a Philistine, and eat, and drink, and sleep,
And drive a dusty motor and pile money in a heap,
And let the stream of life run through my brain and be forgot.
If I did, I might be happier. I might—and I might not.
""I Might-And I Might Not"" by Gamaliel Bradford
"Why, no," says Bill, as usual, without a look at me;
"But, bless your eyes, old Bob," he says, "however could there be ?
The Hummin' Bird is but a ship, an' not a shootin' star,
An' likewise most distinc'ly not a blasted motor car!"
"Frien' Bill" by John Joy Bell
An' then one day it wouldn't go. 'E screwed and screwed again
But somethin' jammed, an' there 'e stuck in the mud of a country lane.
It 'urt 'is pride most cruel, but what was 'e to do?
So at last 'e bade me fetch a 'orse to pull the motor through.
"The Groom's Story" by Arthur Conan Doyle

In news:

City landmarks officials will seek landmark status this week for the long-vacant Chicago Motor Club building, a slender Art Deco tower scheduled to be sold at a bankruptcy auction next month.
Eterniti Motors sells first Eterniti Artemis at Beijing auto show.
Thailand, ASEAN A Bright Spot For Ford Motor.
General Motors suspended production for the day at one of its factories in Brazil, where workers had previously held a 24-hour strike.
After going through a revolving door of leading men, Warner Bros and Dark Castle are now negotiating with "300" star Gerard Butler to topline Albert Hughes' action pic "Motor City.
This photo provided by Ford Motor Co. Shows the final Ford Ranger rolling off the production line at the company's plant in St Paul, Minn.
Banc of America downgraded General Motors (GM.
Christopher Robinson, 32, was charged with evading arrest, possession of a controlled substance and burglary of a motor vehicle -- each set at $5,000.
Before moving to Cadillac in January of 2011, General Motors' Bob Boniface was director of design for the Chevy Volt.
From the June, 2008 issue of Motor Trend.
Brill Motor Speedway will host final OCRS sprint race of the season.
Brill 's Motor Speedway in Meeker will host the final Oil Capital Racing Series points event of the season at 7:30 pm Saturday.
The General Motors headquarters in Detroit.
The Eternity Brush vacuum motors from AMETEK are purposely designed to last two to three times longer than traditional straight brush universal vacuum motors.
This includes diagnosis, repair and replacement of all components of outboard motors, stern drive motors, as well as the maintenance and repair practices of seasonal marine work.

In science:

The flagellar filament forms a compact coil when the motor is stopped (Fig. 1c), and extends into a helical shape when the motor turns.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
The steady-state relation between motor torque and motor speed is shown in Fig. 7 .
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
At low speeds, the motor torque is roughly constant; at higher speeds it decreases linearly with speed, reaching zero torque at about 300 Hz at 23◦ C.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
To determine the speed of the motor from the motor torque-speed relation, use torque balance and equate the motor torque with the load torque.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
The torquespeed characteristic M (Ωm ) allows us to go beyond the artifice of the previous section where we calculated the swimming speed U in terms of the motor speed Ωm .
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Solving Eqs. (39) and (43–44) along with M = M (Ωm ) yields the swimming speed in terms of the geometrical parameters of the flagellum, the cell body, the drag coefficients, and the properties of the motor.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
However, the high twist modulus of the filament and the low rotation rate of the motor make this kind of instability unlikely in the mutant strains with straight flagella.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Note that the plane containing the active motors is perpendicular to the plane defined by the beating filament.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
We now consider distributed actuation, in which molecular motors are distributed along the length of the filament.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
For example, in Fig. 10, motors have slid the lower doublet to the right relative to the upper doublet.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
This approach is taken in Refs. [148, 87], where the effects of viscosity and viscoelasticity are studied. A more complete model would account for how the coordination of the dynein motors arises.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Instead we review regulation by load-dependent motor detachment rate as presented by Riedel-Kruse and collaborators, who showed that this mechanism is consistent with observations of the flagellar shape [147].
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
If there is a perturbation in which the sliding rate increases, then the load on each individual motor must decrease, according to the force-speed motor characteristic.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Near the end of a run, one or or more motors reverses, and the corresponding filaments unwind from the bundle.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Viscous stresses lead to polymorphic transitions which turn the cell, ultimately leading to a random reorientation once the motors reverse again and the full bundle forms (Fig. 15b).
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms