What does motion mean?

Definitions for motion
ˈmoʊ ʃənmo·tion

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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.

    Etymology: From motion, mocion, motion, and their source, motio.

  2. motion(Noun)

    A change of position with respect to time.

    Etymology: From motion, mocion, motion, and their source, motio.

  3. motion(Noun)

    A change from one place to another.

    Etymology: From motion, mocion, motion, and their source, motio.

  4. motion(Noun)

    A parliamentary action to propose something.

    The motion to amend is now open for discussion.

    Etymology: From motion, mocion, motion, and their source, motio.

  5. motion(Noun)

    An entertainment or show, especially a puppet show.

    Etymology: From motion, mocion, motion, and their source, motio.

  6. motion(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From motion, mocion, motion, and their source, motio.

  7. motion(Verb)

    To gesture indicating a desired movement.

    He motioned for me to come closer.

    Etymology: From motion, mocion, motion, and their source, motio.

  8. motion(Verb)

    To introduce a motion in parliamentary procedure.

    Etymology: 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Motion

    mō′shun, n. the act or state of moving: a single movement: change of posture: gait: power of moving or of being moved: angular velocity—direct when from west to east; retrograde when from east to west: excitement of the mind: any natural impulse, instigation: proposal made, esp. in an assembly: an application to a court, during a case before it, for an order or rule that something be done, esp. something incidental to the progress of the cause rather than its issue: evacuation of the intestine: (pl., B.) impulses.—v.i. to make a significant movement, to offer a proposal.—v.t. to guide by a gesture, &c.: to move.—adj. Mō′tile, capable of spontaneous motion.—n. Motil′ity.—adj. Mo′tional, characterised by motions.—n. Mō′tionist, one who makes a motion.—adj. Mō′tionless, without motion.—Absolute motion, change of absolute place; Accelerated motion, motion of which the velocity is continually increasing; Angular motion, motion regarded as measured by the increase of the angle made with some standard direction by a line drawn from the moving object to a fixed point; Laws of motion, Newton's three laws: (1) Every body continues in its state of rest, or of uniform motion in a straight line, except so far as it may be compelled by force to change that state; (2) Change of motion is proportional to force applied, and takes place in the direction of the straight line in which the force acts; (3) To every action there is always an equal and contrary reaction; Parallel motion (see Parallel); Perpetual motion (see Perpetual); Quantity of motion, momentum. [Fr.,—L.,—movēre, mōtum, to move.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. motion

    Change of place; it is termed direct, in the sky, when it is in the direction of the earth's annual revolution; retrograde, when it proceeds contrary to these conditions; by sidereal is meant the motion of a body with respect to the fixed stars.--Tropical motion is the movement of a body in respect to the equinox or tropic, which has itself a slow motion among the stars, as shown under precession. (See PROPER MOTION.)--Motion, in mechanics, is either simple or compound, as one or more powers are used. The momentum of a moving body, or quantity of motion, arises from its velocity multiplied into the quantity of matter it contains.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. motion

    Each movement in the manual of arms is divided into motions to facilitate instruction of recruits.

Editors Contribution

  1. motion

    A direction of movement.

    The motion of the aircraft was calm and stable.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 13, 2020  
  2. motion

    A formal proposal for action within a form of unity assembly, unity council, unity legislature, unity senate, unity house of representatives, unity government, local unity government, regional unity government, national unity government, european unity government and international unity government.

    The member of unity government created a motion for the consideration of the government.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 13, 2020  

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of motion in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of motion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of motion in a Sentence

  1. Tim Kaine:

    I've got 51 declared votes on version two, on the motion to discharge, and passage. So I've got a version on which I have 51 votes, but the timing on version two is different than version one.

  2. Donald Trump:

    I think it's just disgusting. I think the two people who resigned are weak, ineffective people, when they resigned, they set something in motion that's going to be a disaster for the next long period of time.

  3. Frank Bowman:

    You can imagine what a mess the trial would be if disqualification motions would be entertained. Everybody would be moving to disqualify everybody, and then the question would be what body decides such a motion.

  4. United States:

    As alleged, Zottola Sr. set in motion a deadly plot to kill Zottola Sr. father and brother, with Bloods gang members carrying out extreme acts of violence to collect a payoff for the hits.

  5. Quebec Environment Minister David Heurtel:

    It (the motion) signifies that anyone who seeks to build a project in Quebec must comply with all Quebec laws and regulations.

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