motive power
noun Date: 1775 1. an agency (as water or steam) used to impart motion especially to machinery 2. something (as a locomotive or a motor) that provides motive power to a system

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  • Motive power — Motive Mo tive, a. Causing motion; having power to move, or tending to move; as, a motive argument; motive power. Motive faculty. Bp. Wilkins. [1913 Webster] {Motive power} (Mach.), a natural agent, as water, steam, wind, electricity, etc., used… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • motive power — n. 1. any power, as steam, electricity, etc., used to impart motion; any source of mechanical energy 2. an impelling force …   English World dictionary

  • motive power — ► NOUN ▪ the energy used to drive machinery …   English terms dictionary

  • Motive power — For other uses, see Motive power (disambiguation). A young drawer pulling a coal tub up a mine shaft, whose effect constitutes the elevation of a weight to a certain height (Sadi Carnot). In thermodynamics, motive power is an agency, as water or… …   Wikipedia

  • Motive Power — For the train manufacturer known as Motive Power Industries, see Wabtec. Motive Power is a bi monthly railway related magazine that focuses on diesel locomotives in Australia. The content includes photographs of locomotives trains, news about… …   Wikipedia

  • motive power — noun The power that enables something to move; also used in a figurative sense. , Using electricity as motive power for railroads will do away with fuel trains, tenders, coal handling, water, and all that. Syn: locomotion, motivity …   Wiktionary

  • motive power — noun the power or ability to move • Syn: ↑locomotion, ↑motivity • Derivationally related forms: ↑motive (for: ↑motivity), ↑locomotive (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • motive power — Synonyms and related words: activator, animator, appliance, arouser, bunt, butt, clout, compulsion, convenience, drive, driving force, energizer, engine, enginery, facility, fixture, human dynamo, impellent, impelling force, impetus, impulse,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • motive power — 1. any power used to impart motion; any source of mechanical energy. 2. Railroads. locomotives or other vehicles that supply tractive power. [1615 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • motive power — /ˈmoʊtɪv paʊə/ (say mohtiv powuh) noun 1. any power used to impart motion. 2. a source of mechanical energy. 3. Railways locomotives, etc., which supply tractive power …   Australian English dictionary

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