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Meaning & Definition of Motion in English

English

Motion

/moʊʃən/

noun

1. The use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals

    synonym:
  • gesture
  • ,
  • motion

2. A natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

    synonym:
  • movement
  • ,
  • motion

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"
    synonym:
  • motion
  • ,
  • movement
  • ,
  • move
  • ,
  • motility

4. A state of change

  • "They were in a state of steady motion"
    synonym:
  • motion

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"
    synonym:
  • motion
  • ,
  • question

6. 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"
    synonym:
  • motion
  • ,
  • movement
  • ,
  • move

7. 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"
    synonym:
  • apparent motion
  • ,
  • motion
  • ,
  • apparent movement
  • ,
  • movement

verb

1. Show, express or direct through movement

  • "He gestured his desire to leave"
    synonym:
  • gesticulate
  • ,
  • gesture
  • ,
  • motion

Examples of using

Nevertheless I think such a kind of society needs this sort of business to set economics in motion.
Mary made a slight motion with her head.
Behind thermodynamics lie the movements of atoms and molecules following the laws of motion learned in the first volume.