[loh-kuh-moh-shuh n]


the act or power of moving from place to place.

Origin of locomotion

First recorded in 1640–50; see origin at locomotive, motion
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Related Words for locomotion

progression, mobility, travel, motion, action, travelling, moving

Examples from the Web for locomotion

Contemporary Examples of locomotion

Historical Examples of locomotion

  • She was only a little surprised at this sudden mania for locomotion.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Nor have other means of locomotion and communication been neglected.

    The Nation in a Nutshell

    George Makepeace Towle

  • The ever-increasing power of locomotion may join the extremes of earth.

  • Both are very ancient, sadly in need of upholstery, and jerky of locomotion.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • With the first streak of day I sallied out to find the means of locomotion.

    Among the Pines

    James R. Gilmore

British Dictionary definitions for locomotion



the act, fact, ability, or power of moving

Word Origin for locomotion

C17: from Latin locō from a place, ablative of locus place + motion
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Word Origin and History for locomotion

1640s, formed in English from Latin loco "from a place" (ablative of locus "place") + motionem (nominative motio) "motion, a moving."

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locomotion in Science



The movement of an organism from one place to another, often by the action of appendages such as flagella, limbs, or wings. In some animals, such as fish, locomotion results from a wavelike series of muscle contractions.
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