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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
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Compare the electric load with EPM (Section D): If the electric energy output from the prime mover is less than the electric load, it would be necessary to obtain electricity from the grid.
For the load combination labeled 3, the prime mover could use TLF (point f), depending on the grid to provide electrical power [DELTA][E.
These realities offer three obvious but under-appreciated conclusions about the mechanical prime movers that are the foundations of our economic progress.
1) The prime mover view, however, is not at all inconsistent with these theories; it simply holds that prime movers are major underlying causes of changes, for example, in new orders or profits.
This research service analyzes only the prime movers market in the oil and gas industry in North America.
The State Government is continuing to invest in regional road maintenance with the recent delivery of two brand new prime movers valued at $770,000.
Detecting high-Btu gas, such as from a plant upset, protects the prime mover which can be an engine or turbine.
While the funding could lead to superior quality, the inherent cyclical nature of the oil and gas industry makes the prime mover markets in EMEA and the FSU a tough environment to survive and sell in.
Kevin Parker, 45, was convinced he was "the saviour of the second coming" and his 75-year-old dad was "a prime mover in the conspiracy to destroy the world".
Recognized as a prime mover (see "Presenting the Presenters: Killacky and White," Dance Magazine, May 2000, page 56), White led DTW to prominence as a scout for new talent and a nexus of international activity.
Every single prime mover or jeep-type vehicle started without any assistance.
But as the prime mover behind the seminar and its offshoots, art historian, critic, and Beaux-Arts professor Jean-Francois Chevrier readily acknowledges, exchanges between such different worlds don't come easily.
The Prime Mover is the activity of self-thinking thought; it is also actuality in the fullest sense, as both the cause of being for all things and as an existent altogether free of potency, and therefore possessing full and complete reality in the highest degree.
Another prime mover is Margaret Rahn, a former Peace Corps volunteer who met Landau at an MRA Agenda for Reconciliation conference in Caux, Switzerland, shortly before he and Fanous arrived in Cincinnati.
Castro's economic policies are a prime mover in this tragedy.