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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 ?
He always slouched, locomotively, with his eyes on the ground; and, when accosted or otherwise required to raise them, he looked up in a half resentful, half puzzled way, as though the only thought he ever had, was, that it was rather an odd and injurious fact that he should never be thinking.
In planning the workshop, I wanted to include local activist and advocacy groups, but many of them were ensconced in second-wave pro-choice thinking, which was terrifically important for lobbying against many heinous antiabortion proposals locomotively rolling through the legislature.
Prehensile hands with an opposable thumb put the finishing touch to these locomotively idle arms.