a prime mover

prime mover

The person or thing that generates the initial energy or momentum for something to happen. The newly elected congresswoman has been the prime mover in the recent environmental reforms. While there were a confluence of events leading to his removal from office, it was the revelation of his tax evasion over the years that was the prime mover.
See also: mover, prime

prime mover

Fig. the force that sets something going; someone or something that starts something off. The assistant manager was the prime mover in getting the manager sacked. Discontent with his job was the prime mover in John's deciding to retire early.
See also: mover, prime

prime mover

The initial source of energy directed toward a goal, someone or something that sets others in motion. For example, Jean was the prime mover in getting us more laboratory space, or Patriotism was the prime mover of the revolution. [Late 1600s]
See also: mover, prime

a prime ˈmover

a person or a thing that starts something and has an important influence on its development: The prime mover in setting up the group was ex-lawyer James Stanley.Economic factors are the prime mover of change.
See also: mover, prime
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when his vehicle was rammed from behind by a prime mover van.
Grossman and Rasson (2003) discussed the effects of part-load operation of both a prime mover and its associated absorption chiller.
The optimal operating conditions are similar for both cases, with a prime mover PLR of 1.
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Keilitz also served as a member of the NCAA Council from 1989 to 1992, and as a prime mover on several prestigious committees.
a prime mover in equipment and expertise in the munitions discharge.
However, downsizing can aggravate the relationship between a prime mover and its driven equipment in terms of torsional and lateral vibrations, and the resonance that amplifies these vibrations into destructive loads.
For example, if the unexpected, but not the expected, movements in a prime mover influence economic activity, then it may be possible to extract an approximate measure of the unexpected movements from the measure of the prime mover.
Then there would be no such thing as a prime mover that does not influence economic activity.
Based on such a definition, however, we could never be sure whether a specific varialbe was a prime mover or not.
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CEBU CITY -- A seaman who had just arrived in Cebu, his friend and three women were killed early Sunday when the car they riding in collided with a prime mover pulling a trailer loaded with cement on the South Coastal Road in Cebu City.
CERC was a prime mover in persuading the Congress of the necessity to pass such legislation.
A new report from leading industry analyst AMR Research has named Categoric Software as a prime mover in the Supply Chain Event Management (SCEM) market.
This will be followed by overview remarks from BART Director Carole Ward Allen, a prime mover of the Welfare to Work Forum.