I. adjective Date: 1612 1. locomotory 2. of or relating to travel 3. of, relating to, or being a machine that moves about by operation of its own mechanism II. noun Date: 1829 1. a self-propelled vehicle that runs on rails and is used for moving railroad cars 2. a school or college cheer characterized by a slow beginning and a progressive increase in speed

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  • locomotive — [ lɔkɔmɔtiv ] n. f. • 1834; de locomotif 1 ♦ Engin, véhicule de traction servant à remorquer les trains. ⇒ machine ; locomotrice, motrice. Locomotive à vapeur, à moteur diesel, électrique. Atteler une locomotive à un train. Abrév. fam. (1878)… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Locomotive — Lo co*mo tive, n. A locomotive engine; a self propelling wheel carriage, especially one which bears a steam boiler and one or more steam engines which communicate motion to the wheels and thus propel the carriage, used to convey goods or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Locomotive — Lo co*mo tive, a. [Cf. F. locomotif. See {Locomotion}.] 1. Moving from place to place; changing place, or able to change place; as, a locomotive animal. [1913 Webster] 2. Used in producing motion; as, the locomotive organs of an animal. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • locomotive — (adj.) 1610s, pertaining to movement, from Fr. locomotif, from L. loco from a place (ablative of locus place; see LOCUS (Cf. locus)) + L.L. motivus moving (see MOTIVE (Cf. motive)). The noun meaning railroad engine is from 1829, short for …   Etymology dictionary

  • locomotive — [lō΄kəmōt′iv] adj. [< LOCO + LL motivus, moving] 1. of locomotion 2. moving or capable of moving from one place to another; not stationary 3. designating or of engines that move under their own power [locomotive design] n. an engine that can… …   English World dictionary

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  • Locomotive — Locomotive, Dampfmaschine, welche sich selbst und damit auch andere ihr angehängte Gegenstände fortbewegt, der Dampfwagen auf Eisenbahnen; indeß gehören auch die Schiffsdampfmaschinen zu den L.n. Die Eisenbahn L. ist auf einem Wagen angebracht,… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • locomotive — index moving (in motion) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • Locomotive — A locomotive is a railway vehicle that provides the motive power for a train. The word originates from the Latin loco from a place , ablative of locus , place + Medieval Latin motivus , causing motion , and is a shortened form of the term… …   Wikipedia

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