motive power


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motive power

n
1. (General Physics) any source of energy used to produce motion
2. (Mechanical Engineering) the means of supplying power to an engine, vehicle, etc
3. (General Physics) any driving force

mo′tive pow′er


n.
any power used to impart motion to machinery; any source of mechanical energy.
[1615–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.motive power - the power or ability to movemotive power - the power or ability to move  
mobility - the quality of moving freely
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It not only enables them to keep abreast of the times; it qualifies them to furnish in their own personality a good bit of the motive power to the mad pace.
There remained, then, only two possible solutions of the question, which created two distinct parties: on one side, those who were for a monster of colossal strength; on the other, those who were for a submarine vessel of enormous motive power.
We would have to discover a motive power of extraordinary force, and almost impossible lightness of machinery.
That my motive power is hate, I do not attempt to conceal.
When the account of the railway and shipping accidents has been completed, it will furnish grim reading, although there is evidence to show that in the vast majority of cases the drivers of trains and engineers of steamers succeeded in shutting off their motive power before succumbing to the poison.
But about that time I noticed that the motive power had taken to standing on one leg, and I found that there was something the matter with the other one; so I stocked the business and unloaded, taking Sir Bors de Ganis into camp financially along with certain of his friends; for the works stopped within a year, and the good saint got him to his rest.
The motive power of the process of natural selection having been economy of wax; that individual swarm which wasted least honey in the secretion of wax, having succeeded best, and having transmitted by inheritance its newly acquired economical instinct to new swarms, which in their turn will have had the best chance of succeeding in the struggle for existence.
The indolent grace of all her movements had its motive power in an almost masculine firmness of action and profusion of physical resource.
You know as well as I do that the only motive power which can do that is--money.
A dozen of the prisoners had hatched it before they came aboard, Prendergast was the leader, and his money was the motive power.
Amongst these would-be fugitives, Jos remarked the Lady Bareacres and her daughter, who sate in their carriage in the porte-cochere of their hotel, all their imperials packed, and the only drawback to whose flight was the same want of motive power which kept Jos stationary.
At first, after the loss of the motive power, the tiller had been thor oughly secured by lashings.