- See Operation Motorman for the British Army operation in Northern Ireland
The term refers to the person who is in charge of the motor (of the electric car) in the same sense as a railroad engineer is in charge of the engine. The term was (and, where still used, is) gender-neutral. Though motormen have historically been male, females in the position (such as in the U.S. during the World Wars) were usually also called motormen as a job title.
The term has been replaced by more neutral ones, as gender-specific job titles have fallen into disuse, and because many systems employ large numbers of women in the position. On the New York Subway and London Underground, the position is now called train operator (T.O.), but it is still called motorman in Chicago.
The term may also refer to a person on a locomotive-hauled train when the train is being propelled by the locomotive. The driver is responsible for applying power in the locomotive, while the motorman (usually in a specially-built or converted vehicle) at the front of the train, is responsible for obeying signals, sounding the horn, and applying the brakes where necessary.
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Motorman — Mo tor*man, n. 1. A man who controls a motor. [archaic] [1913 Webster] 2. an operator of a motor vehicle, especially of a streetcar or subway train. [PJC] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
motorman — ☆ motorman [mōt′ərmən ] n. pl. motormen [mōt′ərmən] 1. a person who drives an electric streetcar or electric locomotive 2. a person who operates a motor … English World dictionary
motorman — s ( nen, motormän) … Clue 9 Svensk Ordbok
motorman — noun Date: 1890 an operator of a motor driven vehicle (as a streetcar or subway train) … New Collegiate Dictionary
motorman — /moh teuhr meuhn/, n., pl. motormen. 1. a person who operates or drives an electrically operated vehicle, as a streetcar or subway train. 2. a person who operates a motor. [1885 90, Amer.; MOTOR + MAN] Usage. See man. * * * … Universalium
motorman — noun A person who operates a motor vehicle … Wiktionary
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motorman — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. operator, engineer, pilot; see driver … English dictionary for students
motorman — moÂ·torÂ·man || mÉ™ÊŠ(r)mÉ™n n. one who drives a vehicle … English contemporary dictionary
motorman — noun (plural motormen) the driver of a train or tram … English new terms dictionary