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Syllabification: lo·co·mo·tive
Pronunciation: /ˌlōkəˈmōdiv

Definition of locomotive in English:


A powered rail vehicle used for pulling trains: a diesel locomotive
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  • They are railway locomotives, fireplaces, church towers, cannons and benches.
  • The use of light locomotives on the estate railways became more widespread after the First World War.
  • His main interest is the steam locomotives and railways of many countries.


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1Of, relating to, or effecting locomotion: locomotive power
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  • Thus substantial space is devoted, for example, to railroads in the Civil War and to the development of locomotive power in the era from 1865 to 1900.
  • You must avoid the attack by using the speed of locomotive power.
  • ‘As people get older their locomotive abilities give up before vision and if they become confined to one room vision and hearing become relatively more important,’ he said.
1.1 archaic (Of a machine, vehicle, or animal) having the power of progressive motion: locomotive bivalves have the strongest hinges


early 17th century (as an adjective): from modern Latin locomotivus, from Latin loco (ablative of locus 'place') + late Latin motivus 'motive', suggested by medieval Latin in loco moveri 'move by change of position'.

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