Definition of “motor” - English Dictionary

“motor” in British English

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motornoun [ 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 A car stood by the curb, its motor (= engine) running.

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motoradjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈməʊ.tər/ us /ˈmoʊ.t̬ɚ/

motorverb [ I ]

uk /ˈməʊ.tər/ us /ˈmoʊ.t̬ɚ/

(Definition of “motor” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“motor” in American English

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motornoun [ C ]

us /ˈmoʊ·t̬ər/

motor noun [ C ] (ENGINE)

an engine that makes a machine work or a vehicle move:

an electric/diesel motor.

motoradjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈmoʊ·t̬ər/

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

(Definition of “motor” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)