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what is the etymology of "motor"? I ask this, because I have been looking at the use of the words "motor" and "engine" - how they are synonyms and how they are used differently.

  • A motor is something that makes something move, or that generates movement. An engine just transforms energy in some way - it might not even have any moving parts. SemperBlotto 14:26, 18 October 2008 (UTC)


In the UK at least motor is common slang/colloquial usage for a car. Not archaic. Mglovesfun (talk) 09:13, 3 October 2011 (UTC)