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1 a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something [syn: movement]
2 the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals [syn: gesture]
3 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" [syn: movement, move, motility]
4 a state of change; "they were in a state of steady motion" [ant: motionlessness]
5 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" [syn: question]
6 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" [syn: movement, move]
7 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" [syn: apparent motion, apparent movement, movement] v : show, express or direct through movement; "He gestured his desire to leave" [syn: gesticulate, gesture]

User Contributed Dictionary



From motion.


  • (UK) /ˈməʊʃən/, /"m@US@n/
  • (US) /ˈmoʊʃən/, /"moUS@n/
  • Rhymes: -əʊʃən


  1. A state of progression from one place to another.
  2. A change of position with respect to time.
  3. A change from one place to another.
    John kept making motions under the table to Elise.
  4. A parliamentary action to propose something.
    The motion to amend is now open for discussion.


state of progression from one place to another
change from one place to another


state of progression from one place to another
change of place or position
parliamentary proposal


  1. To gesture indicating a desired movement.
    He motioned for me to come closer.



From motio, noun of action from perfect passive participle motus, having been moved, from verb movere, move, + noun of action suffix -io



fr-noun f
  1. motion (4)
    Il s'agit d'une motion de censure.

Extensive Definition

Motion may refer to:

See also

motion in German: Bewegung
motion in Spanish: Movimiento (desambiguación)
motion in French: Motion
motion in Latvian: Kustība

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