motion meaning

[ 'məuʃən ] Pronunciation:   "motion" in a sentence
Noun: motion  mowshun
  1. The use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals
    - gesture 
  2. A natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
    - movement 
  3. A change of position that does not entail a change of location
    "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"
    - movement, move, motility 
  4. A state of change
    "they were in a state of steady motion" 
  5. A formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote
    "he made a motion to adjourn"
    - question 
  6. The act of changing location from one place to another
    "police controlled the motion of the crowd"
    - 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"
    - apparent motion, apparent movement, movement
Verb: motion  mowshun
  1. Show, express or direct through movement
    - gesticulate, gesture

Derived forms: motions, motioned, motioning

See also: motional, move, moving, nonmoving, unmoving

Type of: change, communicate, happening, intercommunicate, natural event, occurrence, occurrent, optical illusion, proposal, state, visual communication

Antonym: motionlessness

Encyclopedia: Motion

AmE / noun [C]


a formal proposal that is discussed and voted on at a meeting:

Shareholders tabled a motion to adjourn the meeting

(= to stop it for a period of time).

The motion was approved by a large majority.

A motion opposing the deal was narrowly defeated. See note at MEETING

❖ to propose/put forward/table a motion

◆ to adopt/approve/carry/pass a motion

◆ to defeat/reject a motion

2 (Law )

a formal proposal that a court decides whether or not to allow:

The company said it would file a motion to dismiss the bondholders' complaint.

The judge denied a motion to nullify the punitive damages award.

❖ to file a motion

◆ to back/grant/deny/reject a motion

n. Formerly, an application made orally and in open court to a judge for an order. This term has been rendered obsolete by the Civil Procedure Rules; motions are now referred to as applications.

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. n
1 : an act, process, or instance of changing place : MOVEMENT
a : an evacuation of the bowels
b : the matter evacuated —often used in pl. ‹blood in the motionsLancet


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  1. the motion was lost by a majority of two.
  2. once motion stops, hearing is impaired.
  3. pressure inequalities generate gas motion.
  4. this gyroscopic motion is called precession.
  5. the motion was carried by fourteen votes.

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