Definition of motive power in English:

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motive power


[mass noun]
1The energy (in the form of steam, electricity, etc.) used to drive machinery.
Example sentences
  • The alternative choice of steam or electricity motive power would still have created serious, albeit different, environmental problems today.
  • Galt is an engineer whose miracle is a machine that converts static electricity in the atmosphere into motive power, thus giving mankind unlimited, cheap and environmentally-healthy energy.
  • Smith introduced reinforced concrete in structures and replaced the customary steam engine driving the main shaft with separate electric motors to furnish motive power for milling ores.
1.1The locomotives of a railway system collectively.
Example sentences
  • The new locomotive house and motive power handling facilities form the main part of the new terminals.
  • With the demand high for motive power nationwide, several new firms got into the locomotive leasing business.
  • These were built at Angus Shops, at a time long after the C.P.R. had turned to outside locomotive builders for all of its motive power.
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