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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
mo•tion /ˈmoʊʃən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. the action or process of moving;
    movement:[uncountable]the effects of energy on motion.
  2. power of movement, as of a living body:[uncountable]Most plants are incapable of motion.
  3. the manner of moving the body while walking;
    gait:[countable]walked with a curious, swaying motion.
  4. a bodily movement or change of posture;
    gesture:[countable]He made motions to indicate eating.
  5. Government a formal proposal, esp. one made to a group deciding an issue:[countable]Her motion was defeated.
  6. Idiomsin motion, in active operation;
    moving:We can't stop now, the procedures are already in motion.

  1. to make a motion or gesture, as with the hand: [no object]At last the king motioned to us.[+ object]He motioned his approval.[+ object + to + verb]He motioned us to come forward.
See -mot-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
mo•tion  (mōshən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the action or process of moving or of changing place or position;
  2. power of movement, as of a living body.
  3. the manner of moving the body in walking;
  4. a bodily movement or change of posture;
  5. Governmenta proposal formally made to a deliberative assembly:to make a motion to adjourn.
  6. Lawan application made to a court or judge for an order, ruling, or the like.
  7. a suggestion or proposal.
  8. an inward prompting or impulse;
    inclination:He will go only of his own motion.
  9. Music and Dancemelodic progression, as the change of a voice part from one pitch to another.
  10. [Mach.]
    • Mechanical Engineeringa piece of mechanism with a particular action or function.
    • Mechanical Engineeringthe action of such a mechanism.
  11. Idiomsgo through the motions, to do something halfheartedly, routinely, or as a formality or façade.
  12. Idiomsin motion, in active operation;
    moving:The train was already in motion when he tried to board it.

  1. to direct by a significant motion or gesture, as with the hand:to motion a person to a seat.

  1. to make a meaningful motion, as with the hand;
    signal:to motion to someone to come.
motion•al, adj. 
motion•er, n. 
  • Latin mōtiōn- (stem of mōtiō), equivalent. to mōt(us) (past participle of movēre to move) + -iōn- -ion
  • Middle English mocio(u)n 1350–1400
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Motion, move, movement refer to change of position in space.
      Motion denotes change of position, either considered apart from, or as a characteristic of, something that moves;
      usually the former, in which case it is often a somewhat technical or scientific term:perpetual motion.The chief uses of
      move are founded upon the idea of moving a piece, in chess or a similar game, for winning the game, and hence the word denotes any change of position, condition, or circumstances for the accomplishment of some end:a shrewd move to win votes.Movement is always connected with the person or thing moving, and is usually a definite or particular motion:the movements of a dance.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bearing, carriage.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
motion /ˈməʊʃən/ n
  1. the process of continual change in the physical position of an object; movement
  2. the capacity for movement
  3. a manner of movement, esp walking; gait
  4. a mental impulse
  5. a formal proposal to be discussed and voted on in a debate, meeting, etc
  6. an application made to a judge or court for an order or ruling necessary to the conduct of legal proceedings
  7. Brit the evacuation of the bowels
  8. excrement
  9. part of a moving mechanism
  10. the action of such a part
  11. go through the motionsto act or perform the task (of doing something) mechanically or without sincerity
  12. to mimic the action (of something) by gesture
  13. in motionoperational or functioning (often in the phrases set in motion, set the wheels in motion)
  1. (when tr, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to signal or direct (a person) by a movement or gesture
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin mōtiō a moving, from movēre to move

ˈmotional adj
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
Motion /ˈməʊʃən/ n
  1. Sir Andrew. born 1952, British poet and biographer; his collections include Pleasure Steamers (1978) and Public Property (2002): poet laureate (1999–2009)
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