locomotive: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (lō"ku-mō'tiv), [key]
— n.
  1. a self-propelled, vehicular engine, powered by steam, a diesel, or electricity, for pulling or, sometimes, pushing a train or individual railroad cars.
  2. an organized group cheer, usually led by a cheerleader, as at a football or basketball game, that begins slowly and progressively increases in speed in such a way as to suggest a steam locomotive.
  3. any self-propelled vehicle.
  1. of or pertaining to locomotives.
  2. of, pertaining to, or aiding in locomotion or movement from place to place: the locomotive powers of most animals.
  3. moving or traveling by means of its own mechanism or powers.
  4. serving to produce such movement; adapted for or used in locomotion: locomotive organs.
  5. having the power of locomotion: an animal that is locomotive at birth.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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