locomotive

[loh-kuh-moh-tiv]
noun
1.
a self-propelled, vehicular engine, powered by steam, a diesel, or electricity, for pulling or, sometimes, pushing a train or individual railroad cars.
2.
an organized group cheer, usually led by a cheerleader, as at a football or basketball game, that begins slowly and progressively increases in speed in such a way as to suggest a steam locomotive.
3.
Archaic. any self-propelled vehicle.
adjective
4.
of or pertaining to locomotives.
5.
of, pertaining to, or aiding in locomotion or movement from place to place: the locomotive powers of most animals.
6.
moving or traveling by means of its own mechanism or powers.
7.
serving to produce such movement; adapted for or used in locomotion: locomotive organs.
8.
having the power of locomotion: an animal that is locomotive at birth.

Origin:
1605–15; < Latin locō, ablative of locus place + motive (adj.); compare Medieval Latin in locō movērī to change position

locomotively, adverb
locomotiveness, locomotivity, noun
unlocomotive, adjective
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locomotive (ˌləʊkəˈməʊtɪv)
 
n
1.  a.  Also called: locomotive engine a self-propelled engine driven by steam, electricity, or diesel power and used for drawing trains along railway tracks
 b.  (as modifier): a locomotive shed; a locomotive works
 
adj
2.  of or relating to locomotion
3.  moving or able to move, as by self-propulsion
 
loco'motively
 
adv
 
loco'motiveness
 
n

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locomotive
1612, "pertaining to movement," from Fr. locomotif (fem. locomotive), from L. loco "from a place" (abl. of locus "place") + L.L. motivus "moving" (see motive). The noun meaning "railroad engine" is from 1829, short for locomotive engine (1815).
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Example sentences for locomotives
Few locomotives were painted in this scheme and few photos of it exist.
A few fireless steam locomotives are still at work in germany.
Compressed air locomotives are used mainly in mines, but have also been used on
  tramways.
Other locomotives had been disposed of once they have yielded spare parts.
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