[ loh-kuh-moh-shuh n ]
/ ˌloʊ kəˈmoʊ ʃən /


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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British Dictionary definitions for locomotion

/ (ˌləʊkəˈməʊʃən) /


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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Scientific definitions for locomotion

[ lō′kə-mōshən ]

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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