[moh-shuh n] /ˈmoʊ ʃən/
the action or process of moving or of changing place or position; movement.
power of movement, as of a living body.
the manner of moving the body in walking; gait.
a bodily movement or change of posture; gesture.
a proposal formally made to a deliberative assembly:
to make a motion to adjourn.
Law. an application made to a court or judge for an order, ruling, or the like.
a suggestion or proposal.
an inward prompting or impulse; inclination:
He will go only of his own motion.
Music. melodic progression, as the change of a voice part from one pitch to another.
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.
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.
the process of continual change in the physical position of an object; movement: linear motion, related adjective kinetic
a movement or action, esp of part of the human body; a gesture
a mental impulse
a formal proposal to be discussed and voted on in a debate, meeting, etc
(law) an application made to a judge or court for an order or ruling necessary to the conduct of legal proceedings
(music) the upward or downward course followed by a part or melody. Parts whose progressions are in the same direction exhibit similar motion, while two parts whose progressions are in opposite directions exhibit contrary motion See also parallel (sense 3)
go through the motions
in motion, operational or functioning (often in the phrases set in motion, set the wheels in motion)
(when transitive, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to signal or direct (a person) by a movement or gesture
Sir Andrew. born 1952, British poet and biographer; his collections include Pleasure Steamers (1978) and Public Property (2002): poet laureate (1999–2009)
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.
motion mo·tion (mō’shən)
[moh-tuh-veyt] /ˈmoʊ təˌveɪt/ verb (used with object), motivated, motivating. 1. to provide with a or ; incite; impel. /ˈməʊtɪˌveɪt/ verb 1. (transitive) to give incentive to v. 1863, “to stimulate toward action,” from motive + -ate (2); perhaps modeled on French motiver or German motivieren. Related: Motivated; motivating.
[moh-tuh-vey-shuh n] /ˌmoʊ təˈveɪ ʃən/ noun 1. the act or an instance of , or providing with a reason to act in a certain way: I don’t understand what her motivation was for quitting her job. Synonyms: motive, inspiration, inducement, cause, impetus. 2. the state or condition of being or having a strong reason to […]
[moh-tuh-rahyz] /ˈmoʊ təˌraɪz/ verb (used with object), motorized, motorizing. 1. to furnish with a , as a vehicle. 2. to supply with motor-driven vehicles, usually in the place of horses and horse-drawn vehicles. /ˈməʊtəˌraɪz/ verb (transitive) 1. to equip with a motor 2. to provide (military units) with motor vehicles v. “to furnish with a […]
[myoo-nis-uh-puh l] /myuˈnɪs ə pəl/ adjective 1. of or relating to a town or city or its local government: municipal elections. 2. Archaic. pertaining to the internal affairs of a state or nation rather than to international affairs. noun 3. a . /mjuːˈnɪsɪpəl/ adjective 1. of or relating to a town, city, or borough or […]