locomotive

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English[edit]

A steam locomotive.

Etymology[edit]

From French locomotif, from Latin locō (literally from a place) (ablative of locus (place)) + Vulgar Latin mōtivus (moving) (see motive).

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Noun[edit]

locomotive (plural locomotives)

  1. (rail transport) The power unit of a train that pulls the coaches or wagons.
  2. (rare) A traction engine.
  3. (slang) A cheer characterized by a slow beginning and a progressive increase in speed.
  4. (archaic) Any of various early road vehicles, steam-powered, etc., forerunners of the modern car.
  5. (economics) A country which drives the world economy by having a high level of imports, such as the United States.

Usage notes[edit]

Sometimes erroneously used as a synonym for train.

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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.

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French[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

locomotive

  1. feminine singular of locomotif

Noun[edit]

locomotive f (plural locomotives)

  1. locomotive

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

locomotive f

  1. plural of locomotiva