Definition of Locomotive

1. Noun. A wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks.

2. Adjective. Of or relating to locomotion.
Exact synonyms: Locomotor
Derivative terms: Locomote, Locomotion, Locomotion
Partainyms: Locomotion, Locomotion

Definition of Locomotive

1. a. Moving from place to place; changing place, or able to change place; as, a locomotive animal.

2. n. A locomotive engine; a self-propelling wheel carriage, especially one which bears a steam boiler and one or more steam engines which communicate motion to the wheels and thus propel the carriage, -- used to convey goods or passengers, or to draw wagons, railroad cars, etc. See Illustration in Appendix.

Definition of Locomotive

1. Noun. (rail transport) The power unit of a train which does not carry passengers or freight itself, but pulls the coaches or rail cars or wagons. ¹

2. Noun. (rare) A traction engine ¹

3. Noun. (slang) A cheer characterized by a slow beginning and a progressive increase in speed ¹

4. Noun. (economics) A country which drives the world economy by having a high level of imports. (i.e. The United States). ¹

5. Adjective. of or relating to locomotion ¹

6. Adjective. of or relating to the power unit of a train which does not carry passengers or freight itself ¹

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Definition of Locomotive

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Medical Definition of Locomotive

1. Of or pertaining to locomotion, pertaining to or affecting the locomotive apparatus of the body. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Locomotive

locomotive (current term)
locomotive engine
locomotive engineer
locomotor ataxia
locos tenentes

Literary usage of Locomotive

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Engineering Index Annual for by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1919)
"Directions for proper adjustment Headlights Federal locomotive Inspection ... Abstract of Sixth Annual Report of the chief inspector of locomotive boilers ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"Power is applied to all the wheels, in order that the whole weight of the locomotive, including the fuel and water supply, is available for adhesion. ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1890)
"... 1883, were ic full force and effect; and ascertained the amounts remaining due, after deducting credits, to the Grant locomotive Works for locomotives, ..."

4. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1913)
"set of published figures gives for 1908 the cost per locomotive-mile as 2.83 cents for New York Central electric locomotives, and between 26000 and 27000 ..."

5. Journal by Chartered Insurance Institute (1897)
"Lately an electrically-driven travelling platform and two locomotive overhead travellers have been installed by the Machinen und Waggonfabrik of Simmering, ..."

6. The Engineering Index Annual for by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1908)
"locomotive Boilers in 1834. Illustrates the type of locomotive used on the Liverpool ... The Expansion Stresses in locomotive Boilers. F. Douglas Wilkes. ..."

7. Biennial Report by California Bureau of Labor Statistics (1904)
"Engineers (Bro. of locomotive) Los Angeles 1015 Hawley street. 110. ... Firemen (Bro. of locomotive) San Diego 957 Columbia street. 566. ..."

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