- 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
Examples from the Web for motional
Historical Examples of motional
At no point below its present position could there have been such a prelude—musical as well as motional—to the great cataract.The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts
George W. Holley
Real sympathy is motional as well as emotional; energetic, as well as pathetic, taking no pleasure in "tears, idle tears."
Boggs, who's 'motional an' easy worked on, even gets to whar he gives it out he's actchooally a convert.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
The ideas and actions of the understanding are the motional phenomena of the central nervous system.The History of Creation, Vol. I (of 2)
All motional causes act in the direction of the straight line of junction, and so forth.Popular scientific lectures
- 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.