motion

[ moh-shuh n ]
/ ˈmoʊ ʃən /

noun

verb (used with object)

to direct by a significant motion or gesture, as with the hand: to motion a person to a seat.

verb (used without object)

to make a meaningful motion, as with the hand; gesture; signal: to motion to someone to come.

Nearby words

  1. mothy,
  2. moti,
  3. motif,
  4. motile,
  5. motility,
  6. motion capture,
  7. motion picture,
  8. motion picture camera,
  9. motion pictures,
  10. motion sickness

Idioms

    go through the motions, to do something halfheartedly, routinely, or as a formality or façade.
    in motion, in active operation; moving: The train was already in motion when he tried to board it.

Origin of motion

1350–1400; Middle English mocio(u)n < Latin mōtiōn- (stem of mōtiō), equivalent to mōt(us) (past participle of movēre to move) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

Synonym study

1. Motion, move, movement refer to change of position in space. Motion denotes change of position, either considered apart from, or as a characteristic of, something that moves; usually the former, in which case it is often a somewhat technical or scientific term: perpetual motion. The chief uses of move are founded upon the idea of moving a piece, in chess or a similar game, for winning the game, and hence the word denotes any change of position, condition, or circumstances for the accomplishment of some end: a shrewd move to win votes. Movement is always connected with the person or thing moving, and is usually a definite or particular motion: the movements of a dance. 3. bearing, carriage.

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British Dictionary definitions for motion

motion

/ (ˈməʊʃən) /

noun

verb

(when tr, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to signal or direct (a person) by a movement or gesture
Derived Formsmotional, adjective

Word Origin for motion

C15: from Latin mōtiō a moving, from movēre to move

Motion

/ (ˈməʊʃən) /

noun

Sir Andrew. born 1952, British poet and biographer; his collections include Pleasure Steamers (1978) and Public Property (2002): poet laureate (1999–2009)
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Word Origin and History for motion
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for motion

motion

[ mōshən ]

n.

The act or process of changing position or place.
The manner in which the body or a body part moves.

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Idioms and Phrases with motion

motion

see go through the motions; set in motion; set the wheels in motion.

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