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- n. The power that enables something to move; also used in a figurative sense.
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- adj. a natural agent, as water, steam, wind, electricity, etc., used to impart motion to machinery; a motor; a mover.
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- n. the power or ability to move
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I immediately sent for the superintendent of motive power and directed him to have posted by telegraph in every roundhouse that the request of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, of which this committee had told me, had been granted.
The other component of their motive power is a shire horse called Samson, which hauls the logs out of the woods, pulls a cart and ploughs the land for the longstraw they grow for thatching.
Congress from Louisiana, I made my appearance on a hand-car, the motive power of which was two negroes.
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With our rapid successes, which will try the brain of the stoutest, and our as sudden reverses, toppling in a day the stateliest pile that energy and opportunity can rear, what must be the wear and tear of that central force, which is at once the driving-wheel and motive power of our business activity -- the nervous system?
Smith's sympathy is not only cognitive (as spectator) but appetitive, since it accomplishes all that Hutcheson's moral sense did and more (MS 321) — and that sense was isolated precisely to give motive power to virtue.
At the Bennett Place, the surrender, the Confederate troops were given mules, allowed to take their mules with them, which was a godsend because they had no motive power in those days.
But he clung to the “unMarxist” idea that “pure will” could be the motive power of revolution instead of “actual conditions”; for this notion—which Lenin was one day to prove was not so far-fetched after all—he, too, was dropped from the movement.