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English definition of “motor”


noun [C]     /ˈməʊtər/
B2 the part of a machine or vehicle that changes electricity or fuel into movement and makes it work: an electric motorThe engine and engine partsEngines and motorsEngines and motorsThe engine and engine parts
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