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Meaning of motion by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Anglo-Norman motion, mocion, Middle French motion, and their source, Latin motio ( “movement, motion” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈməʊʃən/, X-SAMPA: /"m@US@n/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈmoʊʃən/, X-SAMPA: /"moUS@n/
    • Rhymes: -əʊʃən


    motion ( countable and uncountable; plural: motions )

    1. ( uncountable ) A state of progression from one place to another .
    2. ( countable ) A change of position with respect to time .
    3. ( physics ) A change from one place to another .
    4. ( countable ) A parliamentary action to propose something .
      The motion to amend is now open for discussion .
    5. ( obsolete ) An entertainment or show, especially a puppet show.
    6. ( philosophy ) from κίνησις; any change. Traditionally of four types: generation and corruption, alteration, augmentation and diminution, and change of place.



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    Usage notes

    The parliamentary sense is incorrectly used by people who are not familiar with parliamentary procedure. They might say "I motion that such-and-such"—however, it would be correct to say "I move that such-and-such" .

Explanation of motion by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. show, express or direct through movement

    1. the act of changing location from one place to another

    2. police controlled the motion of the crowd
    3. a change of position that does not entail a change of location

    4. the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise
    5. the use of movements ( especially of the hands ) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals

    6. a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote

    7. he made a motion to adjourn
    8. a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

    9. an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object

    10. the cinema relies on apparent motion
    11. a state of change

    12. they were in a state of steady motion