Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of changing location from one place to another
    the movement of people from the farms to the cities
    his move put him directly in my path
  2. (noun, act) a change of position that does not entail a change of location
    movement is a sign of life
    an impatient move of his hand
    gastrointestinal motility
  3. (noun, communication) the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals
  4. (noun, communication) a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote
    she called for the question
  5. (noun, event) a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
  6. (noun, phenomenon) an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object
    the succession of flashing lights gave an illusion of movement
  7. (noun, state) a state of change
  8. (verb, communication) show, express or direct through movement

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Antonyms of Motion


Alternate forms of Motion

Derivations: motion, motional, move

Hyponyms: abduction, acclaim, adduction, advance, advancement, agitation, applaud, approach, approaching, ascending, ascension, ascent, backlash, beck, beckon, bend, bending, bless, body english, bow, bow down, bowing, brownian motion, brownian movement, cam stroke, change of location, chase, circumduction, clap, closing, coast, coming, commotion, crawl, cross oneself, crustal movement, curtsey, curtsy, dart, deflection, deflexion, descent, displacement, disturbance, eurhythmics, eurhythmy, eurythmics, eurythmy, eversion, everting, exsert, extend, eye movement, facial expression, facial gesture, fetal movement, flicker, flit, flourish, flow, flutter, foetal movement, following, forward motion, gesticulation, gesture, glide, haste, headshake, headshaking, heave, high-five, hold out, hurry, hurrying, inclination, inclining, inversion, jerk, jerking, jitter, jolt, kick, kicking, kneel, kneeling, locomotion, lunge, lurch, maneuver, manoeuvre, migration, moving ridge, nod, obeisance, onward motion, opening, palpitation, passage, passing, pedesis, periodic motion, periodic movement, perpetual motion, pitch, pitching, play, posing, precession, previous question, procession, progress, progression, prostration, pursual, pursuit, put out, quiver, quivering, reach, reaching, rebound, reciprocation, reclining, recoil, repercussion, retraction, retroflection, retroflexion, return, rise, rotary motion, rotation, rush, rushing, saccade, seek, shake, shakiness, shaking, shift, shifting, shrug, shutting, sign, sign of the cross, sitting, slide, slippage, snap, span, spat, speed, speeding, squat, squatting, squeeze, squirm, standing, straddle, stream, stretch, stretch forth, stretch out, stroke, sweep, swing, swinging, tectonic movement, throw, toss, translation, travel, traveling, travelling, trembling, turn, turning, twist, undulation, upending, v sign, vacillation, vibration, wafture, wave, waver, waving, whirl, wiggle, wink, wobble, wrench, wriggle, wring

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

Origin of the word Motion

  1. late 14c., from O.Fr. motion (13c.), from L. motionem (nom. motio) "a moving, an emotion," from motus, pp. of movere "to move" (see move). The verb 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. more

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