motor Definition

a machine, especially one powered by electricity or internal combustion, that supplies motive power for a vehicle or for some other device with moving parts.

Using motor: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "motor" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The car's motor was making a strange noise.

  • Example

    The boat's motor broke down in the middle of the lake.

  • Example

    The factory uses motors to power its machines.

motor Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for motor

  • engine
  • power plant
  • propulsion system

Phrases with motor

  • a propulsion system for boats consisting of a self-contained unit that includes an engine, gearbox, and propeller, designed to be mounted outside the hull


    We rented a boat with an outboard motor for the weekend.

  • a machine that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy, used in a wide range of devices from household appliances to industrial machinery


    The vacuum cleaner is powered by an electric motor.

  • a road vehicle powered by an engine, typically designed to carry a driver and a small number of passengers


    The new law requires all motor vehicles to have seat belts.


Summary: motor in Brief

The term 'motor' [ˈməʊtə] refers to a machine that provides motive power, often for vehicles or other devices with moving parts. It encompasses a wide range of types, from internal combustion engines to electric motors. Examples include 'The car's motor was making a strange noise.' and 'The factory uses motors to power its machines.' Phrases like 'outboard motor' and 'electric motor' denote specific types of motors.

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