locomotive

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English[edit]

A steam locomotive.

Etymology[edit]

From French locomotive, from Latin loco from a place (ablativus of locus place) + Vulgar Latin motivus moving (see motive)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

locomotive (plural locomotives)

  1. (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.
  2. (rare) A traction engine
  3. (slang) A cheer characterized by a slow beginning and a progressive increase in speed
  4. (economics) A country which drives the world economy by having a high level of imports. (i.e. The United States).

Usage notes[edit]

Sometimes erroneously used as a synonym for train.

Translations[edit]

Adjective[edit]

locomotive (comparative more locomotive, superlative most locomotive)

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

Translations[edit]


French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

locomotive

  1. feminine form of locomotif

Noun[edit]

locomotive f (plural locomotives)

  1. locomotive

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

locomotive f

  1. plural form of locomotiva