- 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.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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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 … New Collegiate Dictionary
motive power — noun the power or ability to move • Syn: ↑locomotion, ↑motivity • Derivationally related forms: ↑motive (for: ↑motivity), ↑locomotive (for: ↑ … Useful english dictionary
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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