Definitions for motifmoʊˈtif
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a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration
a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work
"it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"
A recurring or dominant element; a theme.
See how the artist repeats the scroll motif throughout the work?
A short melodic passage that is repeated in several parts of a work
A decorative figure that is repeated in a design
The physical object or objects repeated at each point of a lattice. Usually atoms or molecules.
Origin: From French motif (1848), with the meaning of main idea or theme
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