wordswarm.net: free dictionary lookup
Wordswarms From Years Past

13-Letter Words
12-Letter Words
11-Letter Words
10-Letter Words
9-Letter Words
8-Letter Words
7-Letter Words
6-Letter Words
5-Letter Words
4-Letter Words
3-Letter Words

Adjacent Words

Motion block
motion picture
motion sickness
motion study
motion-picture camera
motion-picture fan
motion-picture film
motion-picture photography
motion-picture show

Motion definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MO'TION, n. [L. motio. See Move.] The act or process of changing place; change of local position; the passing of a body from one place to another; change of distance between bodies; opposed to rest.
Animal motion is that which is performed by animals in consequence of volition or an act of the will; but how the will operates on the body in producing motion, we cannot explain.
Mechanical motion is effected by the force or power of one body acting on another.
Perpetual motion is that which is effected or supplied by itself, without the impulse or intervention of any external cause. Hitherto it has been found impossible to invent a machine that has this principle.
1. Animal life and action.
Devoid of sense and motion.
2. Manner of moving the body; port; gait; air.
Each member move and every motion guide.
3. Change of posture; action.
Watching the motion of her patron's eye.
4. Military march or movement.
5. Agitation; as the motions of the sea.
6. Internal action; excitement; as the motions of the breast.
7. Direction; tendency.
In our proper motion we ascend.
8. The effect of impulse; action proceeding from any cause, external or internal. In the growth of plants and animals, there must be a motion of the component parts, though invisible. Attraction or chimical affinity produces sensible motion of the parts of bodies. Motions of the mind ascribed to the invisible agency of the Supreme Being, are called good motions.
Let a good man obey every good motion rising in his heart, knowing that every such motion proceeds from God.
9. Proposal made; proposition offered; particularly, a proposition made in a deliberative assembly. A motion is made for a committee; a motion for introducing a bill; a motion to adjourn.
10. A puppet-show or puppet. [Not used.]
MO'TION, v.t. To propose. [Little used. See Move.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals [syn: gesture, motion]
2: a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something [syn: 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" [syn: motion, movement, move, motility]
4: a state of change; "they were in a state of steady motion" [ant: lifelessness, motionlessness, stillness]
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" [syn: 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" [syn: 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" [syn: apparent motion, motion, apparent movement, movement] v
1: show, express or direct through movement; "He gestured his desire to leave" [syn: gesticulate, gesture, motion]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English mocioun, from Anglo-French motion, from Latin motion-, motio movement, from mov?re to move Date: 14th century 1. a. an act, process, or instance of changing place ; movement b. an active or functioning state or condition <set the divorce proceedings in motion> 2. an impulse or inclination of the mind or will 3. a. a proposal for action; especially a formal proposal made in a deliberative assembly b. an application made to a court or judge to obtain an order, ruling, or direction 4. obsolete a. a puppet show b. puppet 5. mechanism 6. a. an act or instance of moving the body or its parts ; gesture b. plural activities, movements 7. melodic change of pitch motional adjective motionless adjective motionlessly adverb motionlessness noun II. verb (motioned; motioning) Date: 1747 intransitive verb to signal by a movement or gesture <the pitcher motioned to the catcher> transitive verb to direct by a motion <motioned me to the seat>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 the act or process of moving or of changing position. 2 a particular manner of moving the body in walking etc. 3 a change of posture. 4 a gesture. 5 a formal proposal put to a committee, legislature, etc. 6 Law an application for a rule or order of court. 7 a an evacuation of the bowels. b (in sing. or pl.) faeces. 8 a piece of moving mechanism. --v. (often foll. by to + infin.) 1 tr. direct (a person) by a sign or gesture. 2 intr. (often foll. by to a person) make a gesture directing (motioned to me to leave). Phrases and idioms: go through the motions 1 make a pretence; do something perfunctorily or superficially. 2 simulate an action by gestures. in motion moving; not at rest. motion picture (often (with hyphen) attrib.) a film (see FILM n. 3) with the illusion of movement. put (or set) in motion set going or working. Derivatives: motional adj. motionless adj. Etymology: ME f. OF f. L motio -onis (as MOVE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Resolution Res`o*lu"tion (-l?"sh?n), n. [F. r['e]solution. L. resolutio a loosening, solution. See Resolve.] 1. The act, operation, or process of resolving. Specifically: (a) The act of separating a compound into its elements or component parts. (b) The act of analyzing a complex notion, or solving a vexed question or difficult problem. The unraveling and resolution of the difficulties that are met with in the execution of the design are the end of an action. --Dryden. 2. The state of being relaxed; relaxation. [Obs.] 3. The state of being resolved, settled, or determined; firmness; steadiness; constancy; determination. Be it with resolution then to fight. --Shak. 4. That which is resolved or determined; a settled purpose; determination. Specifically: A formal expression of the opinion or will of an official body or a public assembly, adopted by vote; as, a legislative resolution; the resolutions of a public meeting. 5. The state of being resolved or firm in opinion or thought; conviction; assurance. [Obs.] Little resolution and certainty there is as touching the islands of Mauritania. --Holland. 6. (Math.) The act or process of solving; solution; as, the resolution of an equation or problem. 7. (Med.) A breaking up, disappearance; or termination, as of a fever, a tumor, or the like. 8. (Mus.) The passing of a dissonant into a consonant chord by the rising or falling of the note which makes the discord. Joint resolution. See under Joint, a. Resolution of a force or motion (Mech.), the separation of a single force or motion into two or more which have different directions, and, taken together, are an equivalent for the single one; -- the opposite of composition of a force. Resolution of a nebula (Astron.), the exhibition of it to the eye by a telescope of such power as to show it to be composed of small stars. Syn: Decision; analysis; separation; disentanglement; dissolution; resolvedness; resoluteness; firmness; constancy; perseverance; steadfastness; fortitude; boldness; purpose; resolve. See Decision.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Resultant Re*sult"ant, a. [L. resultans, p. pr. : cf. F. r['e]sultant.] Resulting or issuing from a combination; existing or following as a result or consequence. Resultant force or motion (Mech.), a force which is the result of two or more forces acting conjointly, or a motion which is the result of two or more motions combined. See Composition of forces, under Composition.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Motion Mo"tion, n. [F., fr. L. motio, fr. movere, motum, to move. See Move.] 1. 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. Speaking or mute, all comeliness and grace attends thee, and each word, each motion, forms. --Milton. 2. Power of, or capacity for, motion. Devoid of sense and motion. --Milton. 3. Direction of movement; course; tendency; as, the motion of the planets is from west to east. In our proper motion we ascend. --Milton. 4. Change in the relative position of the parts of anything; action of a machine with respect to the relative movement of its parts. This is the great wheel to which the clock owes its motion. --Dr. H. More. 5. Movement of the mind, desires, or passions; mental act, or impulse to any action; internal activity. Let a good man obey every good motion rising in his heart, knowing that every such motion proceeds from God. --South. 6. A proposal or suggestion looking to action or progress; esp., a formal proposal made in a deliberative assembly; as, a motion to adjourn. Yes, I agree, and thank you for your motion. --Shak. 7. (Law) 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. --Mozley & W. 8. (Mus.) Change of pitch in successive sounds, whether in the same part or in groups of parts. The independent motions of different parts sounding together constitute counterpoint. --Grove. Note: Conjunct motion is that by single degrees of the scale. Contrary motion is that when parts move in opposite directions. Disjunct motion is motion by skips. Oblique motion is that when one part is stationary while another moves. Similar or direct motion is that when parts move in the same direction. 9. A puppet show or puppet. [Obs.] What motion's this? the model of Nineveh? --Beau. & Fl. Note: Motion, in mechanics, may be simple or compound. Simple motions are: (a) straight translation, which, if of indefinite duration, must be reciprocating. (b) Simple rotation, which may be either continuous or reciprocating, and when reciprocating is called oscillating. (c) Helical, which, if of indefinite duration, must be reciprocating. Compound motion consists of combinations of any of the simple motions. Center of motion, Harmonic motion, etc. See under Center, Harmonic, etc. Motion block (Steam Engine), a crosshead. Perpetual motion (Mech.), an incessant motion conceived to be attainable by a machine supplying its own motive forces independently of any action from without.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Motion Mo"tion, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Motioned; p. pr. & vb. n. Motioning.] 1. To make a significant movement or gesture, as with the hand; as, to motion to one to take a seat. 2. To make proposal; to offer plans. [Obs.] --Shak.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Motion Mo"tion, v. t. 1. To direct or invite by a motion, as of the hand or head; as, to motion one to a seat. 2. To propose; to move. [Obs.] I want friends to motion such a matter. --Burton.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(motions, motioning, motioned) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. Motion is the activity or process of continually changing position or moving from one place to another. ...the laws governing light, sound, and motion... One group of muscles sets the next group in motion... The wind from the car's motion whipped her hair around her head. = movement N-UNCOUNT 2. A motion is an action, gesture, or movement. He made a neat chopping motion with his hand. = movement N-COUNT: usu with supp 3. A motion is a formal proposal or statement in a meeting, debate, or trial, which is discussed and then voted on or decided on. The conference is now debating the motion and will vote on it shortly... Opposition parties are likely to bring a no-confidence motion against the government... N-COUNT 4. If you motion to someone, you move your hand or head as a way of telling them to do something or telling them where to go. She motioned for the locked front doors to be opened... He stood aside and motioned Don to the door... I motioned him to join us... He motioned to her to go behind the screen. = signal, gesture VERB: V for n to-inf, V n prep/adv, V n to-inf, V to n to-inf 5. see also slow motion, time and motion 6. If you say that someone is going through the motions, you think they are only saying or doing something because it is expected of them without being interested, enthusiastic, or sympathetic. 'You really don't care, do you?' she said quietly. 'You're just going through the motions.' PHRASE: V inflects 7. If a process or event is in motion, it is happening. If it is set in motion, it is happening or beginning to happen. His job as England manager begins in earnest now his World Cup campaign is in motion... Her sharp, aggressive tone set in motion the events that led to her downfall. PHRASE: usu v-link PHR, PHR after v 8. If someone sets the wheels in motion, they take the necessary action to make something start happening. I have set the wheels in motion to sell Endsleigh Court. PHRASE: V inflects

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

mo'-shun: In 2 Esdras 6:14, the King James Version "motion" represents the Latin commotio, "commotion," "disturbance" (the Revised Version (British and American) has revised entirely here). In Ro 7:5, "the motions of sins, which were by the law," "motion" is used in the sense of "impulse," and "impulses" would probably give the best translation. But the Greek noun (pathemata) is hard to translate exactly, and the Revised Version (British and American) has preferred "passions," as in Ga 5:24. Sanday (ICC) paraphrases "the impressions of sense, suggestive of sin, stimulated into perverse activity by their legal prohibition." See PASSION. "Motion" is found also in The Wisdom of Solomon 5:11 (the King James Version and the Revised Version margin) and The Wisdom of Solomon 7:24 (the King James Version and the Revised Version (British and American)) in a modern sense.

Burton Scott Easton

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. [Opposed to Rest.] Movement, action, passage, change of place. 2. Port, gait, air, appropriate motion. 3. Impulse, prompting, suggestion, mental act. 4. Proposition (especially one made in a deliberative body), proposal.

Moby Thesaurus

Zeitgeist, act, action, activeness, activism, activity, agitation, bearing, beck, beckon, bill, body language, business, calendar, carriage, change, charade, chironomy, clause, clockworks, commotion, commutation, companion bills amendment, course, crossing, current, dactylology, deaf-and-dumb alphabet, direction, doings, dragnet clause, drift, drive train, dumb show, enacting clause, escalator clause, flag, fluctuation, gait, gear, gesticulate, gesticulation, gesture, gesture language, glacial movement, globe-trotting, goad, going, goings-on, hand signal, hold-up bill, improper suggestion, impulse, incentive, indecent proposal, inducement, innards, instance, joker, journeying, kinesics, line, locomotion, machinery, main current, mainstream, measure, mechanism, militancy, mime, mobility, motility, motion to, motive, movability, move, movement, movements, moving, offering, omnibus bill, oscillation, pantomime, pass, passage, poise, political activism, pose, posture, power train, privileged question, procedure, proceeding, proceedings, process, progress, proposal, proposition, proviso, question, recommendation, request, resolution, rider, run, saving clause, saw the air, servomechanism, set, sexual advance, shift, shifting, shrug, shrug the shoulders, sign, sign language, signal, signalize, spring, spur, stance, step, stir, stirring, stream, submission, suggestion, sway, swing, tenor, the general tendency, the main course, time spirit, tone, tourism, touristry, traject, trajet, transit, travel, traveling, tread, trend, turbulence, turmoil, walk, watchworks, wave, wave the arms, wavering, wheels, wheels within wheels, workings, works


wordswarm.net: free dictionary lookup