- 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 motioned
Contemporary Examples of motioned
According to the recipient of his greeting, Patreese Johnson, he said, “I want some of that” and motioned to her crotch.‘Out in the Night’ and the Redemption of the ‘Killer Lesbian Gang'
June 21, 2014
Lane rose, but then he motioned to the chute, where the other cowboys were sitting astride the fences.The Death of a Rodeo Cowboy
May 11, 2014
Martinez motioned to his partner to step around to the passenger so he could get the female out.The Teen Love Letters that Led to a Tragic Murder-Suicide in Florida
March 30, 2014
He motioned me closer, rasped into my ear, "Did you bring a joint?"The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull
March 8, 2014
I went back to my easel and motioned the model to resume her pose.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Historical Examples of motioned
She motioned to Dick to precede her, and he obeyed, like a man in a dream.Viviette
William J. Locke
The Captain stumped along in front of her into the parlor, and motioned her to a seat.Quaint Courtships
She smiled quite frankly when I approached, and motioned me to a seat beside her.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
He dropped the hand, and motioned to her father to load her to the carriage.
The sufferer had just wakened from sleep, and he motioned to Philip to raise him.
- 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.