a recurring subject, theme, idea, etc., especially in a literary, artistic, or musical work.
a distinctive and recurring form, shape, figure, etc., in a design, as in a painting or on wallpaper.
a dominant idea or feature:
the profit motif of free enterprise.
a distinctive idea, esp a theme elaborated on in a piece of music, literature, etc
Also motive. a recurring form or shape in a design or pattern
a single added piece of decoration, such as a symbol or name on a jumper, sweatshirt, etc
“theme, predominant feature,” 1848, from French motif “dominant idea, theme” (see motive).
In literature, art, or music, a recurring set of words, shapes, colors, or notes. In the poem “The Raven,” by Edgar Allan Poe, for example, the word nevermore is a motif appearing at the end of each stanza. Likewise, the first four notes of the Fifth Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven are a motif that is developed and reshaped throughout the work.
[moht-l, moh-til] /ˈmoʊt l, ˈmoʊ tɪl/ adjective 1. Biology. moving or capable of moving spontaneously: motile cells; motile spores. /ˈməʊtaɪl/ adjective 1. capable of moving spontaneously and independently noun 2. (psychol) a person whose mental imagery strongly reflects movement, esp his own adj. “capable of movement,” 1831, back-formation from motility. motile mo·tile (mōt’l, mō’tīl’) adj. […]
[moht-l, moh-til] /ˈmoʊt l, ˈmoʊ tɪl/ adjective 1. Biology. moving or capable of moving spontaneously: motile cells; motile spores. /ˈməʊtaɪl/ adjective 1. capable of moving spontaneously and independently noun 2. (psychol) a person whose mental imagery strongly reflects movement, esp his own n. “capacity of movement,” 1827, from French motilité (1827), from Latin mot-, stem […]
[moht] /moʊt/ verb, past moste [mohst] /moʊst/ (Show IPA). Archaic. 1. may or might. /məʊt/ noun 1. a tiny speck /məʊt/ verb (past) moste (məʊst) 1. (takes an infinitive without to) (archaic) may or might n. “particle of dust,” Old English mot, of unknown origin; perhaps related to Dutch mot “dust from turf, sawdust, grit,” […]
[moh-shuh n] /ˈmoʊ ʃən/ noun 1. the action or process of moving or of changing place or position; movement. 2. power of movement, as of a living body. 3. the manner of moving the body in walking; gait. 4. a bodily movement or change of posture; gesture. 5. a proposal formally made to a deliberative […]