- a piece of mechanism with a particular action or function.
- the action of such a mechanism.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of motion
Related Words for motionact, gesture, passage, proposal, proposition, plan, submission, recommendation, stream, agitation, fluctuation, move, sweep, sign, tendency, oscillation, gesticulation, travel, mobility, progress
Examples from the Web for motion
Contemporary Examples of motion
I wonder what that lady is doing now, and if she knows what she set in motion with Archer?‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
The train was already in motion as she tried to step inside, and her body was crushed beneath it.Riding Thailand’s WWII Death Railway
December 21, 2014
But what he did set in motion a series of events that ended in his life being lost.A Black Cop’s Tough Words for Mike Brown
Mary M. Chapman
December 3, 2014
This year McQueen picked up three Oscars (including best picture) for his third motion picture 12 Years A Slave.Has the Turner Prize Gone Soft?
December 2, 2014
But his voice never seems to crack or weaken, and he's always in motion—jiggling, aerobic walking, jumping, dancing.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession
November 22, 2014
Historical Examples of motion
It was incumbent upon Mr. Gladstone to lead the opposition to this motion.
He could not see how Mr. Roebuck's motion could be resisted.
July 4, 1864, Mr. Disraeli brought forward his motion of "no confidence."
Mr. Disraeli's motion was lost, and the ministry was sustained.
Every motion in his great soul was reflected in his face and form.
- the capacity for movement
- a manner of movement, esp walking; gait
- the evacuation of the bowels
- part of a moving mechanism
- the action of such a part
- to act or perform the task (of doing something) mechanically or without sincerity
- to mimic the action (of something) by gesture
Word Origin for motion
late 14c., "suggestion; process of moving," from Old French mocion "movement, motion; change, alteration" (13c.), from Latin motionem (nominative motio) "a moving, a motion; an emotion," from past participle stem of movere "to move" (see move (v.)). Motion picture attested from 1896.
late 15c., "to request, petition" (obsolete), from motion (n.). The sense in parliamentary procedure first recorded 1747; with meaning "to guide or direct by a sign, gesture, movement" it is attested from 1787. Related: Motioned; motioning.
see go through the motions; set in motion; set the wheels in motion.