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water motor

any form of prime mover or motor that is operated by the kinetic energy, pressure, or weight of water, especially a small turbine or waterwheel fitted to a pipe supplying water.
Origin of water motor
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • With a soft roar the water-motor exploded into action, sending the shell far into the sky.

  • You can own a water-motor like the one shown in Fig. 61, because its construction requires nothing but easily obtained materials.

  • The Case of this water-motor is made of an empty varnish can—preferably one of gallon capacity.

  • Meantime the turbine grew steadily in favor as a water-motor, arriving at last at high efficiency.

    Inventors at Work George Iles
  • For continuous work, as we cannot always be turning the wheel, a small steam-engine or water-motor must be employed.

  • A water-motor, steam engine, or whatever power you can get with which to operate the railway.

    The Boy Craftsman A. Neely Hall
  • When she arrived he was standing in the middle of the stream, explaining the mechanics of the water-motor to a group of men.

    God's Green Country Ethel M. Chapman

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