motive power

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, impulsion, incentive, incitement, irresistible force, life, locomotion, machine, machinery, mechanical aid, mechanical device, mechanism, mobility, moment, momentum, motility, motivating force, motivity, motor, movableness, power, power plant, power source, propelling, propelment, propulsion, pulsion, push, pushing, restorative, shove, shoving, shunt, spark plug, stimulant, stimulator, stimulus, thrust, tonic, utility

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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 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

  • 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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