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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ There is some attraction now for those who enjoy the diesel locomotive because the railway has a growing collection.
▪ The railway was worked daily by up to six steam engines until the early 1960s when new diesel locomotives took over.
▪ The railway already had three Hunslet built diesel locomotives with a fourth due to be delivered shortly.
▪ Restored steam and diesel locomotives are on view, together with historic rolling stock.
▪ In its final stage there were 38 motor cars, 19 trailers, a diesel locomotive, and two wagons.
▪ This line used its own diesel shunting locomotives.
▪ It will closely resemble a pair of normal diesel locomotives coupled back to back.
▪ Needless to say such a constraint does not apply with electric locomotives.
▪ Adtranz manufactures electric and diesel locomotives, high-speed trains, streetcars and underground trains, and signal and traffic-control systems.
▪ Other stock includes three metro-gauge electric locomotives and three diesels, plus five electric railcars, all metre gauge.
▪ The 1927 electric locomotive newly-restored in 1984. 2.
▪ Enter the Class 91, the new breed of East Coast main-line electric locomotive.
▪ His first heavy main-line passenger and fast freight locomotive, of the 4-6-2 type, was built in 1941.
▪ From 1942 a class of more powerful 0-6-0 freight locomotives also gave excellent results.
▪ In our steam locomotive comparison, the engine loses traction, or makes an expensive noise and stops.
▪ It is receiving its first coat of Olive Green paint and stands where no steam locomotive has stood for over 25 years.
▪ Bulleid strongly advocated the need for new and more powerful steam locomotives and obtained authority for this.
▪ In the deal were three steam locomotives and a new interloper in the shape of a diesel.
▪ The Motive Power depot at Derby Road had been disused since 1966 when the last steam locomotives were withdrawn from service.
▪ The decision making process can be likened to one of those great lumbering steam locomotives seen in Western films.
▪ In the original engine shed there is a fine collection of Great Western steam locomotives and there are many carriages and wagons.
▪ It is a stone bridge which was abandoned within twelve years when the railway was re-aligned for steam locomotive operation.
▪ Few expect the EU to take over as the locomotive of the world economy.
▪ Railways needed locomotives, rolling stock and signalling equipment, besides rails and bridges.
▪ The ego of Arpaio is like the pot-bellied engine of an old steam locomotive.
▪ The visiting locomotives will progressively arrive during the Steam Festival and after a test run will be used on weekend passenger services.
▪ These have now been carried out and this fine locomotive is back in service on the Centre's line.
▪ This is where he tested his locomotives and his ideas on gas lighting.
▪ This particular locomotive was constructed in 1948, the year of nationalisation.
▪ Both will seek to develop new markets and improve efficiency by adjusting timetables, introducing better locomotive diagramming and crew rosters.
▪ Economic locomotive power came from the United States.
▪ In 1911 Gresley succeeded Henry Ivatt as locomotive engineer.
▪ Machining a locomotive tire, he reported, was now done in one fifth the time.
▪ Siemens Verkehrstechnik has announced plans to set up a locomotive leasing operation by the end of this year.
▪ Sometime from the railyards across the river rises a great red locomotive flare that illuminates the horrid cliffs.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Locomotive \Lo"co*mo`tive\, n. A locomotive engine; a self-propelling wheel carriage, especially one which bears a steam boiler and one or more steam engines which communicate motion to the wheels and thus propel the carriage, -- used to convey goods or passengers, or to draw wagons, railroad cars, etc. See Illustration in Appendix.

Consolidation locomotive, a locomotive having four pairs of connected drivers.

Locomotive car, a locomotive and a car combined in one vehicle; a dummy engine. [U.S.]

Locomotive engine. Same as Locomotive, above.

Mogul locomotive. See Mogul.


Locomotive \Lo"co*mo`tive\, a. [Cf. F. locomotif. See Locomotion.]

  1. Moving from place to place; changing place, or able to change place; as, a locomotive animal.

  2. Used in producing motion; as, the locomotive organs of an animal.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1610s, "pertaining to movement," from French locomotif, from Latin loco "from a place" (ablative of locus "place;" see locus) + Late Latin motivus "moving" (see motive). The noun meaning "railroad engine" is from 1829, short for locomotive engine (1814).


a. 1 of or relating to locomotion 2 of or relating to the power unit of a train which does not carry passengers or freight itself n. 1 (context rail transport English) The power unit of a train which does not carry passengers or freight itself, but pulls the coaches or rail cars or wagons. 2 (context rare English) A traction engine 3 (context slang English) A cheer characterized by a slow beginning and a progressive increase in speed 4 (context economics English) A country which drives the world economy by having a high level of imports. (i.e. The United States).


adj. of or relating to locomotion [syn: locomotor]


n. a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks [syn: engine, locomotive engine, railway locomotive]


A locomotive or engine is a rail transport vehicle that provides the motive power for a train. The word originates from the Latin loco – "from a place", ablative of locus, "place" + Medieval Latin motivus, "causing motion", and is a shortened form of the term locomotive engine, first used in the early 19th century to distinguish between mobile and stationary steam engines.

A locomotive has no payload capacity of its own, and its sole purpose is to move the train along the tracks. In contrast, some trains have self-propelled payload-carrying vehicles. These are not normally considered locomotives, and may be referred to as multiple units, motor coaches or railcars. The use of these self-propelled vehicles is increasingly common for passenger trains, but rare for freight (see CargoSprinter). Vehicles which provide motive power to haul an unpowered train, but are not generally considered locomotives because they have payload space or are rarely detached from their trains, are known as power cars.

Traditionally, locomotives pulled trains from the front. However, push-pull operation has become common, where the train may have a locomotive (or locomotives) at the front, at the rear, or at each end. __TOC__

Locomotive (band)

Locomotive (originally The Locomotive) were a British band in the 1960s, from Birmingham. Their musical styles ranged from jazz to psychedelic rock and ska, and their original line-up featured Chris Wood, later of Traffic, and drummer Mike Kellie of Spooky Tooth. They had a minor UK hit in 1968 with "Rudi's In Love", before turning to progressive rock with their only album, We Are Everything You See, released in 1970.

Locomotive (disambiguation)

A Locomotive is a railway vehicle that provides the motive power for a train. A road locomotive is a type of heavy-haulage traction engine.

"Locomotive" may also refer to:

Locomotive (book)

Locomotive is a 2013 children's book written and illustrated by Brian Floca. In 2014 it won both the Randolph Caldecott Medal for "most distinguished American picture book for children" and a Robert F. Sibert Honor. It also became one of the best 10 illustrated books in New York Times. Other works of Floca's are Moonshot, which also won the Sibert Honor, and Lightship which, for its contribution of information of literature for children, won the Sibert Honor.

Usage examples of "locomotive".

African carving, a battered toy locomotive, a banderilla, an alpenstock carved with the names of formidable climbs, a tiny ivory Buddha and a broken crucifix.

There, in that moribund, ancient town, wrapped in its siesta, flagellated with heat, deserted, ignored, baking in a noon-day silence, these two strange men, the one a poet by nature, the other by training, both out of tune with their world, dreamers, introspective, morbid, lost and unfamiliar at that end-of-the-century time, searching for a sign, groping and baffled amidst the perplexing obscurity of the Delusion, sat over empty wine glasses, silent with the pervading silence that surrounded them, hearing only the cooing of doves and the drone of bees, the quiet so profound, that at length they could plainly distinguish at intervals the puffing and coughing of a locomotive switching cars in the station yard of Bonneville.

No LOCOMOTIVE WILL ride the steel tracks that Berel Jastrow, Sammy Mutterperl, and the other Jews of Kommando 1005 are handling, nor will the heavy wooden ties piled nearby support the weight of rolling trains.

Presently, after threading their way among a multitude of locomotives, with and without trains attached, that backed and advanced, or stood still, hissing impatiently on every side, they passed through the station to a broad planking above the river on the other side, and thence, after encounter of more locomotives, they found, by dint of much asking, a street winding up the hill-side to the left, and leading to the German Bierhaus that gives access to the best view of the cataract.

Copernik the line had been electrified, and the lack of coal smoke and the pounding, chuffing sound of a steam locomotive was a little eerie.

He goes through the crowded thoroughfares, through cluttered places, through factories, hotels, wharves, sits in railway trains, and the glare and tumult and pulsation, the engines and locomotives and cranes, the whole mad phantasmagoria of the modern city, evoke images in him, inflame him to reproduce them in all their weight and gianthood and mass, their blackness and luridness and power.

The gun itself recoiled with the force of a runaway locomotive, jarring backward a full ten paces to mangle the legs of the two leading horses of the limber team.

Ominous though the locomotive was, Harry and Rufe had beaten its plodding pace and only wished that the freight would speed its arrival.

As they came to their feet, Harry not only shoved Rufe to the ditch on the far side of the track, but started him along that narrow pathway toward the locomotive, so that they could gain protection sooner.

The locomotive responded with a puff of steam and a screech of steel on steel as Sinders let out the throttle.

She signaled to Li Sung, and a moment later the locomotive pulled out of the station.

Aided by the slight down grade, unhandicapped by extra cars, the big locomotive was pulling out with unusual speed.

I hocked a few more shares of my old Mass Anal stock and bought an antique locomotive.

On the 15th Buller occupied Spitzkop in the north, capturing a quantity of stores, while on the 14th French took Barberton in the south, releasing all the remaining British prisoners and taking possession of forty locomotives, which do not appear to have been injured by the enemy.

Chalminski had to offerand powered herself down at him with the equivalent force of a locomotive crashing through a barricade of Swiss cheese.