Definitions for motionˈmoʊ ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gesture, motion(noun)

    the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals

  2. movement, motion(noun)

    a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

  3. motion, movement, move, motility(noun)

    a change of position that does not entail a change of location

    "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"

  4. motion(noun)

    a state of change

    "they were in a state of steady motion"

  5. motion, question(noun)

    a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote

    "he made a motion to adjourn"; "she called for the question"

  6. motion, movement, move(noun)

    the act of changing location from one place to another

    "police controlled the motion of the crowd"; "the movement of people from the farms to the cities"; "his move put him directly in my path"

  7. apparent motion, motion, apparent movement, movement(verb)

    an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object

    "the cinema relies on apparent motion"; "the succession of flashing lights gave an illusion of movement"

  8. gesticulate, gesture, motion(verb)

    show, express or direct through movement

    "He gestured his desire to leave"


  1. motion(Noun)

    A state of progression from one place to another.

  2. motion(Noun)

    A change of position with respect to time.

  3. motion(Noun)

    A change from one place to another.

  4. motion(Noun)

    A parliamentary action to propose something.

    The motion to amend is now open for discussion.

  5. motion(Noun)

    An entertainment or show, especially a puppet show.

  6. motion(Noun)

    from u03BAu03AFu03BDu03B7u03C3u03B9u03C2; any change. Traditionally of four types: generation and corruption, alteration, augmentation and diminution, and change of place.

  7. motion(Verb)

    To gesture indicating a desired movement.

    He motioned for me to come closer.

  8. motion(Verb)

    To introduce a motion in parliamentary procedure.

  9. Origin: From motion, mocion, motion, and their source, motio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Motion(noun)

    the act, process, or state of changing place or position; movement; the passing of a body from one place or position to another, whether voluntary or involuntary; -- opposed to rest

  2. Motion(noun)

    power of, or capacity for, motion

  3. Motion(noun)

    direction of movement; course; tendency; as, the motion of the planets is from west to east

  4. Motion(noun)

    change in the relative position of the parts of anything; action of a machine with respect to the relative movement of its parts

  5. Motion(noun)

    movement of the mind, desires, or passions; mental act, or impulse to any action; internal activity

  6. Motion(noun)

    a proposal or suggestion looking to action or progress; esp., a formal proposal made in a deliberative assembly; as, a motion to adjourn

  7. Motion(noun)

    an application made to a court or judge orally in open court. Its object is to obtain an order or rule directing some act to be done in favor of the applicant

  8. Motion(noun)

    change of pitch in successive sounds, whether in the same part or in groups of parts

  9. Motion(noun)

    a puppet show or puppet

  10. Motion(verb)

    to make a significant movement or gesture, as with the hand; as, to motion to one to take a seat

  11. Motion(verb)

    to make proposal; to offer plans

  12. Motion(verb)

    to direct or invite by a motion, as of the hand or head; as, to motion one to a seat

  13. Motion(verb)

    to propose; to move


  1. Motion

    In physics, motion is a change in position of an object with respect to time and its reference point. Motion is typically described in terms of displacement, velocity, acceleration, and time. Motion is observed by attaching a frame of reference to a body and measuring its change in position relative to another reference frame. A body which does not move is said to be at rest, motionless, immobile, stationary, or to have constant position. An object's motion cannot change unless it is acted upon by a force, as described by Newton's first law. An object's momentum is directly related to the object's mass and velocity, and the total momentum of all objects in a closed system does not change with time, as described by the law of conservation of momentum. As there is no absolute frame of reference, absolute motion cannot be determined. Thus, everything in the universe can be considered to be moving. More generally, the term motion signifies a continuous change in the configuration of a physical system. For example, one can talk about motion of a wave or a quantum particle where the configuration consists of probabilities of occupying specific positions.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Motion

    Physical motion, i.e., a change in position of a body or subject as a result of an external force. It is distinguished from MOVEMENT, a process resulting from biological activity.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'motion' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2862

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'motion' in Written Corpus Frequency: #692

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'motion' in Nouns Frequency: #883

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mae West:

    Sex is emotion in motion.

  2. Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan:

    Everything is energy in motion.

  3. Ernest Hemingway:

    Never mistake motion for action.

  4. Sheriff Dee Anderson:

    Plans for her return now in motion.

  5. Anthony Costantini:

    We will make a motion for rehearing.

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