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lo·co·mo·tive

 (lō′kə-mō′tĭv)
n.
1. A self-propelled vehicle, usually electric, diesel, or steam-powered, for pulling or pushing freight or passenger cars on railroad tracks.
2. A driving or pulling force; an impetus: "The US could no longer serve as the locomotive for the world economy" (George Soros).
adj.
1.
a. Of, relating to, or involved in locomotion.
b. Serving to put into motion or propel forward: "It may be that the founding fathers overestimated the locomotive force of the collective and mutual self-interest" (Ian Davidson).
2. Able to move independently from place to place.
3. Of or relating to a self-propelled locomotive.
4. Of or relating to travel.

[Latin locō, from a place, ablative of locus, place + Medieval Latin mōtīvus, causing motion; see motive.]

locomotive

(ˌləʊkəˈməʊtɪv)
n
(Railways)
a. Also called: locomotive engine a self-propelled engine driven by steam, electricity, or diesel power and used for drawing trains along railway tracks
b. (as modifier): a locomotive shed; a locomotive works.
adj
1. of or relating to locomotion
2. moving or able to move, as by self-propulsion
ˌlocoˈmotively adv
ˌlocoˈmotiveness n

lo•co•mo•tive

(ˌloʊ kəˈmoʊ tɪv)

n.
1. a self-propelled, vehicular engine for pulling or, sometimes, pushing a train or individual railroad cars.
2. an organized group cheer, as at an athletic contest, that progressively increases in speed.
3. Archaic. any self-propelled vehicle.
adj.
4. of or pertaining to locomotives.
5. of, pertaining to, or aiding in locomotion.
6. moving or traveling by means of its own mechanism or powers.
7. serving to produce such movement: locomotive organs.
[1605–15; < Latin locō, abl. of locus place + motive (adj.); compare Medieval Latin in locō movērī to change position]
lo`co•mo′tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.locomotive - a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway trackslocomotive - a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks
choo-choo - a child's word for locomotive
diesel locomotive - a locomotive driven by a diesel engine
dinkey, dinky - a small locomotive
electric locomotive - a locomotive that is powered by an electric motor
cowcatcher, fender, buffer, pilot - an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track
footplate - the platform in the cab of a locomotive on which the engineer stands to operate the controls
iron horse - (c. 1840) an early term for a locomotive
pilot engine - a locomotive that precedes a train to check the track
self-propelled vehicle - a wheeled vehicle that carries in itself a means of propulsion
shunter - a small locomotive used to move cars around but not to make trips
steam locomotive - a locomotive powered by a steam engine
donkey engine, switch engine - a locomotive for switching rolling stock in a railroad yard
tank engine, tank locomotive - a locomotive that carries its own fuel and water; no tender is needed
traction engine - steam-powered locomotive for drawing heavy loads along surfaces other than tracks
railroad train, train - public transport provided by a line of railway cars coupled together and drawn by a locomotive; "express trains don't stop at Princeton Junction"
Adj.1.locomotive - of or relating to locomotion
Translations
قاطِرَه
lokomotiva
lokomotiv
veturi
eimreiî
lokomotyvas
lokomotīve
lokomotiva
loklokomotiv

locomotive

[ˌləʊkəˈməʊtɪv]
A. ADJlocomotor
B. N (Rail) → locomotora f, máquina f

locomotive

[ˌləʊkəˈməʊtɪv] nlocomotive f

locomotive

adjFortbewegungs-; locomotive powerFortbewegungsfähigkeit f
nLokomotive f

locomotive

[ˌləʊkəˈməʊtɪv] n (Rail) → locomotiva

locomotive

(ləukəˈmoutiv) noun
a railway engine.
ˌlocoˈmotion (-ˈməuʃən) noun
the process of moving from place to place.
References in classic literature ?
They said that old Windpeter stood up on the seat of his wagon, raving and swearing at the onrushing locomotive, and that he fairly screamed with delight when the team, maddened by his inces- sant slashing at them, rushed straight ahead to cer- tain death.
One of the stanchest patrons was little Ned Higgins, the devourer of Jim Crow and the elephant, who to-day signalized his omnivorous prowess by swallowing two dromedaries and a locomotive.
If all the broad land between the Mississippi and the Pacific becomes one great market for bodies and souls, and human property retains the locomotive tendencies of this nineteenth century, the trader and catcher may yet be among our aristocracy.
would have damped their ardor at once, reduced them from venison to beef, and stiffened their sides and sinews like the locomotive.
It spread, and got lighter and brighter: soon it had a strong glare like a locomotive headlight; it kept on getting brighter and brighter till it was like the sun peeping above the horizon-line at sea - the big red rays shot high up into the sky.
There was plenty of width for that, and room to spare; which is perhaps the reason why Scrooge thought he saw a locomotive hearse going on before him in the gloom.
Kotick roared in answer, and old Sea Catch waddled in with his mustache on end, blowing like a locomotive, while Matkah and the seal that was going to marry Kotick cowered down and admired their men-folk.
The work was done handily and cheaply by the labor-saving plan of hitching a locomotive to a plough.
A door opened, and I found myself in the compartment where Captain Nemo--certainly an engineer of a very high order--had arranged his locomotive machinery.
Just then the locomotive gave a sharp screech, and the train passed out into the darkness of the night.
We have our clothes, some more splendid than others, -- this is our credit; but when a man dies he has only his skin; in the same way, on retiring from business, you have nothing but your real principal of about five or six millions, at the most; for third-rate fortunes are never more than a fourth of what they appear to be, like the locomotive on a railway, the size of which is magnified by the smoke and steam surrounding it.
As Grandfather's chair had no locomotive properties, and did not even run on castors, it cannot be supposed to have marched in person to the old French War.