Definition of prime mover in English:

prime mover

Pronunciation /ˌprīm ˈmo͞ovər/ /ˌpraɪm ˈmuvər/


  • 1A person or establishment that is chiefly responsible for the creation or execution of a plan or project.

    • ‘She was a prime mover in the creation of her sport's ruling body, the Women's Tennis Association, and the creation of a professional tour in 1970.’
    • ‘It would build social trust, since young mothers brought together through children's centres are prime movers in local communities.’
    • ‘‘It exists to encourage freedom of expression and promote free thought,’ says Shravan Narula, a third year engineering student, who is the prime mover of the project.’
    • ‘The negotiators are more actors in a drama than prime movers of the plot.’
    • ‘A throwback to the days of dancefloor jazz, boogaloo and earthy funk, the band's members cut their teeth in the company of prime movers of the genre, people like Eddie Henderson, Brother Jack McDuff and the great Lou Donaldson.’
    • ‘‘Everything is going ahead as planned,’ commented Neil Walton, who, along with Susan Brooks, has been one of the prime movers behind reviving Sligo's triathlon fever.’
    • ‘The proposed new European league, in which Celtic and Rangers are the prime movers, will not just put the his club on a level commercial footing with the major Italian and English ones, but will also be a major stimulant to the Scottish game.’
    • ‘It was chaired by former President of the GAA, Peter Quinn, who was one of the prime movers in the development of Croke Park and is someone with a proven successful track record in the world of business.’
    • ‘The prime movers are two Berlin-based musician/programmers: cellist Martin Iannaccone and pianist Daniel Almada, who also contribute most of the material.’
    • ‘Worldwide, patient groups felt they and the media were the prime movers in raising awareness of infections rather than politicians, policymakers or even health professionals.’
    • ‘The prime movers in the group needed to be people with time to devote to its aims and enough expertise to be able to speak persuasively to others about the needs and the suggested projects that the group was funding.’
    • ‘And it is women who are the prime movers behind this community.’
    • ‘Coun Hawkesworth is also one of the prime movers behind Ilkley's Summer Festival which begins in August this year.’
    • ‘I don't know who the prime movers in this hare-brained scheme are, and I don't care.’
    • ‘The ultimate aim of the project is for residents to be the prime movers in the project.’
    • ‘But he soon realised that the nation under its Articles of Confederation was not functioning well, so he became a prime mover in the steps leading to the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia in 1787.’
    • ‘And in 1995, Calpers was the prime mover in setting up the International Corporate Governance Network, whose institutional members have assets of more than $10,000 billion.’
    • ‘As mothers, these women, already steeped in music and/or dance are, I have found, the prime movers behind getting their daughters trained in dance.’
    • ‘The objective of the initiative, according to P. Varadharajan, one of the prime movers of the project, is to encourage people to read by delivering books at their doorsteps.’
    • ‘And, though she was associated with Hark and Woo as one of the prime movers of the New Wave in Hong Kong filmmaking, her work is distinctively different from theirs in its thematics and stylistics.’
    originator, author, creator, instigator, founder, father, mother, founding father, prime mover
    1. 1.1An initial natural or mechanical source of motive power.
      • ‘The vehicles and equipment included in this initial purchase include six prime movers, six fuel tanker trailers and four dolly converters.’
      • ‘They were able also to install powerful prime movers (water wheels or steam-engines) to drive all their machines.’
      • ‘Stowed within this hold are two bulldozers with scrapers attached, several flatbed trucks, a diesel-powered roller, a prime mover, two tractors and some truck trailers.’
      • ‘That makes the electric motor the prime mover, with the engine used to assist the motor and power the generator.’
      • ‘In all cases a new technology for prime mover and/or energy source initiates the development of a new physical infrastructure network.’
      • ‘Below 12 MPH most locomotives cannot use all the power generated by their prime movers and so by sending some to the slug a single engine can pull a much longer train.’
      • ‘The relay convoy consisted of about 50 vehicles: jets, prime movers, motor homes, vans, police motorcycles and cars.’
      • ‘In addition, it is used as the prime mover for the forward repair system and various engineer mission modules.’
      • ‘The size of the generator set, output of the generator, and the type and size of the prime mover will all factor into determining the minimum exhaust gas temperature noted in Section 6.4.2.’
      • ‘Outfitted with a fully electric power train, most of the car - everything but its prime mover - looks like a giant electrical appliance.’
      • ‘Optimal functioning of the stabilizing muscles depends not only on the force production of these muscles in relation to synergists, antagonists, and prime movers of a joint, but also on the correct timing of muscle activation.’
      • ‘With the cost of prime movers at around $200,000, many are forced to enter into considerable debt and some end up mortgaging their homes to buy their trucks.’
      • ‘Additionally, more actual work is performed with free weights due to the stabilization required as the prime movers are engaged.’
      • ‘Strength potential is maximized through hypertrophy (muscle growth) in the prime movers.’
      • ‘Bringing your feet out will change the emphasis on your prime movers slightly, placing more focus on your adductor and abductors.’
      • ‘These two chest muscles work together and act as prime movers.’
      • ‘It is once this position is attained that the prime movers of adduction vigorously contract against the resistance of the water.’
      • ‘Back in the Market Canal, Mr. Devassay, boat owner, and his crew are getting ready for one of their twice-in-a-week trips, a throwback to the times when country boats were the prime movers of men and materials.’
      • ‘Many of the trucks are B-doubles - prime movers with not just one, but two trailers, grossing 60-odd tonnes per truck.’
      • ‘With three prime movers involved, the linked convoy weighs nearly 400 tonnes.’
      source, root, origin, beginning, beginnings, starting point, seed, germ, genesis, agency, occasion


prime mover

/ˌprīm ˈmo͞ovər/ /ˌpraɪm ˈmuvər/