prime mover
noun Etymology: translation of Medieval Latin primus motor Date: 1809 1. a. an initial source of motive power (as a windmill, waterwheel, turbine, or internal combustion engine) designed to receive and modify force and motion as supplied by some natural source and apply them to drive machinery b. a powerful tractor or truck usually with all-wheel drive 2. the self-moved being that is the source of all motion 3. the original or most effective force in an undertaking or work <
education is…a prime mover of cultural and societal change — R. C. Buck
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • prime mover — noun count someone who has a major influence on the starting or development of something: one of the prime movers behind the new museum project …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • prime mover — index aggressor, architect, author (originator), determinant, promoter, protagonist, reason (basis) …   Law dictionary

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  • prime mover — *origin, source, provenance, provenience, inception, root …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prime mover — n. 1. a) the original force in a series of transmissions of force b) any initiating or principal force 2. any natural force applied by people to produce power, as muscular energy or flowing water 3. a machine, as a turbine, that converts a… …   English World dictionary

  • prime mover — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms prime mover : singular prime mover plural prime movers someone who has a major influence on the starting or development of something one of the prime movers behind the new museum project …   English dictionary

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