• 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
    • v locomote change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically "How fast does your new car go?","We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus","The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect","The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell","news travelled fast"
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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

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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.
    • locomote To move from one place to another.
    • locomote In biology, to effect a change of place: as, a medusa which locomotes toward the light.
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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.”


In literature:

I was on a locomotive when the whistle was tried.
"The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun;" by Various
No Indian in this country, not even Turkey Leg, ever stole a locomotive.
"The Mountain Divide" by Frank H. Spearman
And the countless changes here briefly indicated are consequent on the invention of the locomotive engine.
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
The "railroad saint" was a locomotive engineer.
"Trail Tales" by James David Gillilan
How he loved that locomotive, and how absurd it seemed now for a man to become so attached to a mere machine!
"Snow on the Headlight" by Cy Warman
These were neither race-horses nor stagecoaches, but rival types of the newly invented steam locomotive.
"The Railway Builders" by Oscar D. Skelton
All Mallory could think of was a twentieth-century steam locomotive bearing down upon him.
"A Knyght Ther Was" by Robert F. Young
The Yankees made the negroes put on a full head of steam, and run the locomotive into the river.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Coal-oil is now much used in locomotives, and almost universally on ocean steamers.
"1931: A Glance at the Twentieth Century" by Henry Hartshorne
What is the natural stimulus to locomotion?
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth

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:

Even though Thursday night at the Firebird was a great lineup of musical acts, hometown heroes Bo and the Locomotive stole the spotlight.
It's a Train Kind Of Day-The Band not the Locomotive .
Cop pulls her away before locomotive smashes vehicle in Readington, police say.
China South Locomotive Considering Bid for Invensys, Times Says.
China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corp.
The Tut locomotive 's initial run was north from Seattle to Vancouver.
(AP) — National Railroad Museum officials may be loaning a World War II-era locomotive to a British museum.
The last in a line of locomotives used in connection with the 100-year-old Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge, Engine 202 arrives Friday in Auburn from Clarksburg.
Up Steam Locomotive visits Dexter March 28, 2012.
Locomotive No 844 at Scott City.
Union Pacific's steam locomotive No 844 stops at Scott City for a brief maintenance stop Wednesday morning, March 28, 2012.
The locomotive is traveling from Cheyenne, Wyo.
To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Union Pacific Railroad, Steam Locomotive number 844 made a stop in town.
The upgrades and repairs covered the locomotive 's running gear, pumps, piping, valves and springs.
One of the only two surviving Union Pacific steam locomotives , the historic No 844 will be chugging it's way into North Little Rock this Wednesday.

In science:

An important property of the stokeslet solution for locomotion is directional anisotropy.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
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