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EnglishEdit

 
A steam locomotive.

EtymologyEdit

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

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NounEdit

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. (economics) A country which drives the world economy by having a high level of imports. (i.e. The United States).

Usage notesEdit

Sometimes erroneously used as a synonym for train.

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AdjectiveEdit

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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FrenchEdit

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locomotive

  1. feminine singular of locomotif

NounEdit

locomotive f (plural locomotives)

  1. locomotive

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ItalianEdit

NounEdit

locomotive f

  1. plural of locomotiva