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Definitions of motion

  1.   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"
  2.   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".
  3.   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"
  4.   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.
  5.   Act or state of moving; proposal.
  6.   To make a significant movement with the hands.
  7.   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.
  8.   A puppet show or puppet.
  9.   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.
  10.   Direction of movement; course; tendency; as, the motion of the planets is from west to east.
  11.   To propose; to move.
  12.   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.
  13.   Change of pitch in successive sounds, whether in the same part or in groups of parts.
  14.   To direct or invite by a motion, as of the hand or head; as, to motion one to a seat.
  15.   1. Movement, change of place. 2. Specifically, a movement of the bowels, defecation. 3. The matter discharged from the rectum, a stool.
  16.   a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
  17.   Act of moving from place to place. Fecal discharge.
  18.   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.
  19.   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"
  20.   Change of position; a movement; gesture.
  21.   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.
  22.   show, express or direct through movement; " He gestured his desire to leave"
  23.   Power of, or capacity for, motion.
  24.   A proposal or suggestion looking to action or progress; esp., a formal proposal made in a deliberative assembly; as, a motion to adjourn.
  25.   A proposition to be voted on.
  26.   To make a movement.
  27.   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"
  28.   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"
  29.   Movement of the mind, desires, or passions; mental act, or impulse to any action; internal activity.
  30.   To make a significant movement or gesture, as with the hand; as, to motion to one to take a seat.
  31.   Change in the relative position of the parts of anything; action of a machine with respect to the relative movement of its parts.
  32.   Physical motion, i. e., a change in position of a body or subject as a result of an external force. It is distinguished from MOVEMENT, a process resulting from biological activity.
  33.   To make proposal; to offer plans.
  34.   a state of change; " they were in a state of steady motion"
  35.   Motionless.
  36.   To guide or invite by a gesture; as, to motion someone to come forward.
  37.   the use of movements ( especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals
  38.   To make a significant movement.
  39.   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.
  40.   To make a movement or gesture full of meaning; as, to motion to someone to come forward.

Quotes of motion

  1. A static hero is a public liability. Progress grows out of motion – Richard E. Byrd
  2. Yet if anyone believes that the earth rotates, surely he will hold that its motion is natural, not violent. – Nicolaus Copernicus
  3. The phrase 'off with the crack of the bat', while romantic, is really meaningless, since the outfielder should be in motion long before he hears the sound of the ball meeting the bat. – Joe DiMaggio
  4. Before I was famous, when I was just working in Gilbert's Lodge, everything was moving in slow motion – Eminem
  5. Motion Picture Soundtrack on Kid A was another Coltrane inspiration. – Colin Greenwood
  6. Everything is in motion Everything flows. Everything is vibrating. – William Hazlitt
  7. I wasn't an actor. They they take the externals. Here I was, a kid thrown into Hollywood with a brand -new name, starring in motion pictures. – Tab Hunter
  8. The president's decision yesterday to set into motion the development of the hydrogen bomb... has placed us on the knife -edge of history. – Henry M. Jackson
  9. There's a certain kind of motion and pacing that our music has, and this just doesn't have that. We just kind of rushed to the conclusion of most of the songs. I just would've preferred to done them over. – Branford Marsalis
  10. To me the biggest breakthrough was when we did Terminator 2 that just opened the door for Jurassic and all of the others and that was as big as when we did motion control on Star Wars. But I don't see another big thing coming. – Dennis Muren
  11. There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion – Vladimir Nabokov
  12. I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people. – Isaac Newton
  13. The more specific idea of Evolution now reached is- a change from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity to a definite, coherent heterogeneity, accompanying the dissipation of motion and integration of matter. – Herbert Spencer
  14. Good work is good work wherever it's done, in a play, a motion picture or television, and that includes commercials. – Parker Stevenson
  15. I remember feeling that technology was like trying to draw with your foot. In a ski boot. It was the most indirect way to work imaginable, but the potential had us all excited. I started in stop motion – Chris Wedge

Usage examples for motion

  1. By having their motion as shown in Fig. ” – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  2. This he knows will set in motion a certain column. ” – With Rimington by L. March Phillipps
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. This law tells us that a body at rest will continue at rest for ever, unless compelled by some force to move; just as a body in motion will continue to move at the same rate and in the same direction, unless compelled by force to arrest or alter its course. ” – The Old Riddle and the Newest Answer by John Gerard
  7. 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
  8. “ Steena made a warning motion with her left hand. ” – All Cats Are Gray by Andre Alice Norton
  9. We set wheels in motion and waited. ” – Lotus Buds by Amy Carmichael
  10. Motion carried," said Mr. Kincaid. ” – The Adventures of Bobby Orde by Stewart Edward White
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. That motion could scarcely be taught. ” – Customs and Fashions in Old New England by Alice Morse Earle
  14. “ 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
  15. There was no motion no sound. ” – McAllister and His Double by Arthur Train
  16. 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
  17. “ 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
  18. Everything is in motion – Maxim Gorki by Hans Ostwald
  19. 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
  20. “ For everybody thinks he has at least one motion picture in him. ” – The Film Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve

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