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motor

noun [C] uk   /ˈməʊ.tər/ us    /ˈmoʊ.t̬ɚ/

motor noun [C] (DEVICE)

B2 a device that changes electricity or fuel into movement and makes a machine work: The pump is powered by a small electric motor. Our washing machine needs a new motor.mainly US I've had a new motor (= engine) put in my car.Engines and motorsThe engine and engine partsThe engine and engine partsEngines and motors

motor noun [C] (CAR)

mainly UK old-fashioned a car: Do you know anyone who's looking for a second-hand motor?Cars

motor

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈməʊ.tər/ us    /ˈmoʊ.t̬ɚ/

motor adjective [before noun] (CAR)

mainly UK connected with cars or other vehicles that have engines and use roads: This has been a difficult year for the motor industry/trade. motor insuranceCars

motor adjective [before noun] (MUSCLES)

specialized biology relating to muscles that produce movement, or the nerves and parts of the brain that control these muscles: He has poor motor control/functions.Substances and structures in the bodyRelating to particular parts of the body

motor

verb [I] uk   /ˈməʊ.tər/ us    /ˈmoʊ.t̬ɚ/
UK old-fashioned to drive: I was just motoring along, minding my own business, when suddenly I was stopped by the police.Driving and operating road vehicles informal to move or increase very quickly: Shares have motored ahead as profits have risen.Increasing and decreasing speed of motion
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