Definition of motive power in English:

motive power

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The energy (in the form of steam, electricity, etc.) used to drive machinery.

    • ‘Electric power was supplied by L. L. Nunn's revolutionary new generating plant located at nearby Ames, but during the spring the mill used its abundant water supply to help provide motive power.’
    • ‘He also reported that electric motive power for both the mine and mill was furnished by the Ames Power station at a cost of $80 per year for each unit of horsepower.’
    • ‘The alternative choice of steam or electricity motive power would still have created serious, albeit different, environmental problems today.’
    • ‘Even the hybrid drive systems that use high-voltage, crankshaft-mounted starter-alternators as motive power are sticking with 12-volt accessories.’
    • ‘Whitney's company owned 8,000 horses and badly wanted a better, and speedier, form of motive power.’
    • ‘Smith introduced reinforced concrete in structures and replaced the customary steam engine driving the main shaft with separate electric motors to furnish motive power for milling ores.’
    • ‘An examination of his laboratory after the motor had been removed, showed that the extraordinary performances of his complicated machinery were controlled from a cellar in which a source of motive power was operated.’
    • ‘He also introduced the important concept of reversibility, namely that motive power can be used to produce the temperature difference in the engine.’
    • ‘Alternative motive power could be landed on the asteroid to enable it to be propelled out of its present orbit.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, gas illumination and, later, electrical lighting supplanted natural light, while steam slowly became the dominant source of stationary and motive power.’
    • ‘The Hellifield and District Gas Company had been registered, with a capital of £7,000 in £1 shares, to manufacture, sell and supply gas for light, heat and motive power.’
    • ‘Pull the releases toward you, and the seat backs flop forward under the motive power of gravity.’
    • ‘Engineers at MIRA took the application of hybrid technologies far beyond the motive power.’
    • ‘Horses are the main source of motive power, and one third of our agricultural land is devoted to feeding them.’
    • ‘The driving force was obviously an engine, which consumed fuel to provide motive power.’
    • ‘Now: the function of an airfoil wing on a plane is not to provide motive power.’
    • ‘In November 1839, a steam engine manufactured by H. R. Dunham of New York City replaced teams of horses as the main source of motive power.’
    • ‘Most fishes do not use their forelimbs for motive power.’
    • ‘Under the skin it's a different story, with motive power and four-wheel-drive transmission that is unmistakably German.’
    • ‘Galt is an engineer whose miracle is a machine that converts static electricity in the atmosphere into motive power, thus giving mankind unlimited, cheap and environmentally-healthy energy.’
    1. 1.1 The locomotives of a railway system collectively.
      • ‘In the early twentieth century this had benefits in terms of access to capital needed for improvements to infrastructure, motive power and rolling stock.’
      • ‘The new locomotive house and motive power handling facilities form the main part of the new terminals.’
      • ‘With the demand high for motive power nationwide, several new firms got into the locomotive leasing business.’
      • ‘These were built at Angus Shops, at a time long after the C.P.R. had turned to outside locomotive builders for all of its motive power.’
      • ‘As on other Welsh narrow gauge lines, the standard of maintenance and appearance of the motive power is very high.’