un locomotive

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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