prime mover


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prime mover

n.
1.
a. One regarded as the initial source of energy directed toward a goal: Patriotism was the prime mover of the revolution.
b. The initial force, such as electricity, wind, or gravity, that engages or moves a machine.
c. A machine or mechanism that converts natural energy into work. Also called primum mobile.
2. Any of various heavy-duty trucks or tractors.
3. Philosophy In Aristotelian philosophy, the self-moved being that causes all motion.

Prime Mover

n
(Philosophy) the Prime Mover philosophy God, esp when considered as a first cause

Prime Mover

n
(Philosophy) the Prime Mover philosophy God, esp when considered as a first cause

prime′ mov′er


n.
1.
a. the initial agent, as wind or electricity, that puts a machine in motion.
b. a machine, as a waterwheel or steam engine, that receives and modifies energy as supplied by some natural source.
2. a means of towing a cannon, as an animal, truck, or tractor.
3. Aristotelianism. that which is the first cause of all movement and does not itself move.
4. a person or thing that initiates or gives power and cohesion to an idea, endeavor, etc.
[1935–40]

prime mover

A vehicle, including heavy construction equipment, possessing military characteristics, designed primarily for towing heavy, wheeled weapons and frequently providing facilities for the transportation of the crew of, and ammunition for, the weapon.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prime mover - an agent that is the cause of all things but does not itself have a cause; "God is the first cause"
causal agency, causal agent, cause - any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
Translations
alkusyyvetoautovoimakone

prime mover

nprimo motore m
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