electric motor

noun
motor ( def 4 ).

Origin:
1885–90

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electric motor
 
n
a device that converts electrical energy to mechanical torque

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electric motor

any of a class of devices that convert electrical energy to mechanical energy, usually by employing electromagnetic phenomena.

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Example sentences
At slow speeds, it runs only on an electric motor powered by the ship's
  auxiliary turbine.
But in some applications, it seems, they could give the venerable electric
  motor a run for its money.
The electric motor can suck electricity much faster than the old type
  lithium-ion cell can provide it.
Similarly, scientists instinctively recognize design when they see computer
  code or an electric motor.
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