Definition of locomote in English:



[no object]technical, humorous
  • Move from one place to another.

    ‘an amphibious fish that has the ability to locomote on land’
    ‘forget the car and locomote by other means’
    • ‘Biomechanics specialists have long known that snails and other limbless creatures locomote by sending waves of muscular contractions down their bodies.’
    • ‘Cars have relieved us of our burden of locomoting ourselves, and carrying our effects, but we have to sacrifice tens of thousands of lives every year to maintain them.’
    • ‘Inside computers artificial life forms have already evolved that can locomote, chase prey, evade predators and compete for limited resources.’
    • ‘Attempts to locomote above some maximum speed often results in postural failure of the animal.’
    • ‘Many animals that locomote by legs possess adhesive pads.’
    • ‘I sashayed, shimmied and otherwise locomoted myself into one of several establishments dedicated to the relief of sudden and acute hunger pangs.’
    • ‘Human infants are unable to locomote on their own.’
    • ‘For example, an organism that eats a plant merely has to detect the plant and locomote to it, since the plant will remain where it is while it is approached.’
    • ‘The more stable design of fast swimming cetaceans may limit these animals to locomoting and foraging in pelagic habitats.’
    • ‘The ancestral archosaur was a predator that could probably locomote on two or four legs.’
    go, walk, proceed, progress, advance, pass
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Mid 19th century: back-formation from locomotion.