One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]humorous, technical
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’
go, walk, proceed, progress, advance, passView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The more stable design of fast swimming cetaceans may limit these animals to locomoting and foraging in pelagic habitats.’
- ‘Many animals that locomote by legs possess adhesive pads.’
- ‘Human infants are unable to locomote on their own.’
- ‘Attempts to locomote above some maximum speed often results in postural failure of the animal.’
- ‘I sashayed, shimmied and otherwise locomoted myself into one of several establishments dedicated to the relief of sudden and acute hunger pangs.’
- ‘The ancestral archosaur was a predator that could probably locomote on two or four legs.’
- ‘Biomechanics specialists have long known that snails and other limbless creatures locomote by sending waves of muscular contractions down their bodies.’
Mid 19th century: back-formation from locomotion.
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