by John Marck of New York, and called by him locofoco cigar, in imitation of the word locomotive, which
by the uneducated was supposed to mean, self-moving.]
1. A friction match. [U.S.]
2. A nickname formerly given to a member of the Democratic party. [U.S.]
The name was first applied, in 1834, to a portion of the Democratic party, because, at a meeting in Tammany
Hall, New York, in which there was great diversity of sentiment, the chairman left his seat, and the lights
were extinguished, for the purpose of dissolving the meeting; when those who were opposed to an adjournment
produced locofoco matches, rekindled the lights, continued the meeting, and accomplished their object.
(Lo`co*mo"tion) n. [L. locus place + motio motion: cf. F. locomotion. See Local, and
1. The act of moving from place to place. " Animal locomotion." Milton.
2. The power of moving from place to place, characteristic of the higher animals and some of the lower
forms of plant life.
(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.
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.
(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.
(Lo"co*mo`tive*ness Lo`co*mo*tiv"i*ty) n. [Cf. F. locomotivité.] The power of changing
Locomotor ataxia, or Progressive locomotor ataxy (Med.), a disease of the spinal cord characterized
by peculiar disturbances of gait, and difficulty in coördinating voluntary movements.
(Lo`co*mo"tor) a. [See Locomotion.] Of or pertaining to movement or locomotion.
(Loc"u*la*ment) n. [L. loculamentum case, box, fr. loculus a compartment, dim. of locus
place.] (Bot.) The cell of a pericarp in which the seed is lodged.
(Loc"u*lar) a. [L. locularis.] (Bot.) Of or relating to the cell or compartment of an ovary, etc.; in
composition, having cells; as trilocular. Gray.
(Loc"u*late) a. [L. loculatus.] (Bot.) Divided into compartments.
(Loc"ule) n. [Cf. F. locule. See Loculus.] (Zoöl.) A little hollow; a loculus.
(Loc"u*li*ci`dal) a. [L. loculus cell + caedere to cut: cf. F. loculicide.] (Bot.) Dehiscent
through the middle of the back of each cell; said of capsules.