Definitions of motion

  1. an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object; " the cinema relies on apparent motion"; " the succession of flashing lights gave an illusion of movement"
  2. show, express or direct through movement; " He gestured his desire to leave"
  3. a change of position that does not entail a change of location; " the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; " movement is a sign of life"; " an impatient move of his hand"; " gastrointestinal motility"
  4. the act of changing your location from one place to another; " police controlled the motion of the crowd"; " the movement of people from the farms to the cities"; " his move put him directly in my path"
  5. a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote; " he made a motion to adjourn"; " she called for the question"
  6. a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
  7. a state of change; " they were in a state of steady motion"
  8. the act of changing location from one place to another; " police controlled the motion of the crowd"; " the movement of people from the farms to the cities"; " his move put him directly in my path"
  9. Power of, or capacity for, motion.
  10. Direction of movement; course; tendency; as, the motion of the planets is from west to east.
  11. Movement of the mind, desires, or passions; mental act, or impulse to any action; internal activity.
  12. A proposal or suggestion looking to action or progress; esp., a formal proposal made in a deliberative assembly; as, a motion to adjourn.
  13. An application made to a court or judge orally in open court. Its object is to obtain an order or rule directing some act to be done in favor of the applicant.
  14. Change of pitch in successive sounds, whether in the same part or in groups of parts.
  15. A puppet show or puppet.
  16. To make a significant movement or gesture, as with the hand; as, to motion to one to take a seat.
  17. To make proposal; to offer plans.
  18. To direct or invite by a motion, as of the hand or head; as, to motion one to a seat.
  19. To propose; to move.
  20. During a lawsuit, a request to the judge for a decision-- called an order or ruling-- to resolve procedural or other issues that come up during litigation. For example, after receiving hundreds of irrelevant interrogatories, a party might file a motion asking that the other side be ordered to stop engaging in unduly burdensome discovery. A motion can be made before, during or after trial. Typically, one party submits a written motion to the court, at which point the other party has the opportunity to file a written response. The court then often schedules a hearing at which each side delivers a short oral argument. The court then approves or denies the motion. Most motions cannot be appealed until the case is over.
  21. The act, process, or state of changing place or position; movement; the passing of a body from one place or position to another, whether voluntary or involuntary; - opposed to rest.
  22. The act, process, or state of changing place; the changing of position; a gesture; action, as opposed to rest; impulse or desire; a formal proposal made in a meeting of a society, etc.; as, a motion to adjourn is in order.
  23. To make a movement or gesture full of meaning; as, to motion to someone to come forward.
  24. To guide or invite by a gesture; as, to motion someone to come forward.
  25. Motionless.
  26. The act or state of moving: a single movement: change of posture: gait: power of motion: excitement of the mind: proposal made, esp. in an assembly:- in pl. ( B.) impulses.
  27. To make a significant movement.
  28. Act or state of moving; proposal.
  29. Change of position; a movement; gesture.
  30. A proposition to be voted on.
  31. Act of moving; change of position; the passing of a body from one place to another; a movement; power of movement; impulse: a proposition made in a deliberative assembly; action of the bowels.
  32. To make a significant movement or gesture, as with the hand; to make proposals. See Move. Motion in court, an occasional application of the court, by the parties or their counsel, for the purpose of obtaining some rule or order of court which becomes necessary in the progress of a cause. Quantity of motion, the product of the mass or moving body by the velocity. Absolute motion, that which is independent of any other motion or retarding power. Angular motion, the motion of a body as referred to a centre about which it revolves. Accelerated motions, those which are continually increasing or diminishing in velocity, while equable motion continues uniform. Laws of motion, three axioms, which have been shown by Sir Isaac Newton, as follows:-( 1) every body perseveres in its state of rest, or uniform motion in a straight line, until a change is effected by the agency of some external force; ( 2) any change effected in the quiescence or motion of a body, is in the direction of the force impressed, and is proportional to it in quantity; and ( 3) action and reaction are equal and in contrary directions.
  33. Change of place or of local position; animal life and action; the passing of a body from one place to another, as opposed to rest; manner of moving the body; change of posture; impulse communicated; tendency of the mind; internal action, as of the bowels; a proposal made at a meeting or an assembly; in a locomotive engine, the cross- head, cross- head guides, and the blocks, taken as a whole, are called " the motion".
  34. To make a significant movement with the hands.

Usage examples for motion

  1. For everybody thinks he has at least one motion picture in him. – The Film Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve
  2. Steena made a warning motion with her left hand. – All Cats Are Gray by Andre Alice Norton
  3. He was a machine who liked to be set in motion, so he followed Tom like a huge dog, and without a word. – The Parson O' Dumford by George Manville Fenn
  4. Energy of motion becomes Energy of position becomes energy of position. – Outlines of Lessons in Botany, Part I; From Seed to Leaf by Jane H. Newell
  5. Motion carried," said Mr. Kincaid. – The Adventures of Bobby Orde by Stewart Edward White
  6. Although the young baby is in almost constant motion while he is awake, he is altogether too weak to turn himself in bed or to escape from an uncomfortable position, and he remains so for many weeks. – Study of Child Life by Marion Foster Washburne
  7. This he knows will set in motion a certain column. – With Rimington by L. March Phillipps
  8. I can give, however, the names of the following, members, as having voted for Mr. Wilberforce's motion at this time. – The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade, by the British Parliament (1839) by Thomas Clarkson
  9. By having their motion as shown in Fig. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  10. Everything is in motion. – Maxim Gorki by Hans Ostwald
  11. There was no motion, no sound. – McAllister and His Double by Arthur Train
  12. He declared to himself that, let the newspaper say what it would, he would not of his own motion throw himself among the lion's teeth which were prepared for him. – Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope
  13. We set wheels in motion, and waited. – Lotus Buds by Amy Carmichael
  14. Now he turned toward it, but Kerr, with a quick motion of hand toward hat, turned in the opposite direction. – The Coast of Chance by Esther Chamberlain Lucia Chamberlain
  15. There is a sense in which the carrying out of a plan is both more difficult and more worthy than the mere setting it in motion. – Edward Caldwell Moore Outline of the History of Christian Thought Since Kant by Edward Moore
  16. But you find not anozer in fifty years, I say; and here you stop, and forty hours pass by, and not a sing in motion. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  17. I saw by the motion of the chair that you had just jumped up from it when I disturbed you, so there you are, back in it again. – Jennie Baxter, Journalist by Robert Barr
  18. Before your enemy thought you in motion you were at Tallushatchee and Talladega. – Red Eagle and the Wars With the Creek Indians of Alabama. by George Cary Eggleston
  19. That motion could scarcely be taught. – Customs and Fashions in Old New England by Alice Morse Earle