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motor

noun [C]  /ˈmoʊ·t̬ər/ us  

motor noun [C] (ENGINE)

an engine that makes a machine work or a vehicle move: an electric/diesel motor.

motor

adjective [not gradable]  /ˈmoʊ·t̬ər/ us  

motor adjective [not gradable] (BODY MOVEMENT)

relating to muscles that produce movement and the nerves and parts of the brain that control these muscles: motor skills
Translations of “motor”
in Korean 모터, 발동기…
in Arabic مُحَرِّك…
in French (à) moteur…
in Turkish motor…
in Italian motore…
in Chinese (Traditional) 裝置, 發動機,引擎, 電動機,馬達…
in Russian двигатель, мотор…
in Polish silnik…
in Spanish motor…
in Portuguese motor…
in German der Motor, Motor-……
in Catalan motor…
in Japanese モーター…
in Chinese (Simplified) 装置, 发动机,引擎, 电动机,马达…
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