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[moh-shuh n-lis] /ˈmoʊ ʃən lɪs/
without motion:
a motionless statue.
Origin of motionless
First recorded in 1590-1600; motion + -less
Related forms
motionlessly, adverb
motionlessness, noun
still, stationary, unmoving, inert, stable, fixed, quiescent, quiet.
active. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Only the young Franciscan, silent and motionless just now at the feast, awake still.

    An Eagle Flight Jos Rizal
  • His eyes were closed, his lips were blue and ashy, and his frame was motionless.

    Freaks of Fortune Oliver Optic
  • Nothing, no power, will keep a book steady and motionless before us, so that we may have time to examine its shape and design.

    The Craft of Fiction Percy Lubbock
  • The good are those who are quiet and motionless; the naughty are those who talk and move.

  • Then he hung for a moment, motionless on extended wings, for he was a little wearied by his efforts.

    Beasts & Men Jean de Bosschre
British Dictionary definitions for motionless


not moving; absolutely still
Derived Forms
motionlessly, adverb
motionlessness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for motionless

1590s, from motion (n.) + -less. Related: Motionlessly; motionlessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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