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  Definition of Motion
  1. 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"
  2. 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"
  3. the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals
  4. 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"
  5. a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
  6. 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"
  7. a state of change; "they were in a state of steady motion"
  8. show, express or direct through movement; "He gestured his desire to leave"
Similar Words: movement, move, motility, gesture, question, apparent motion, apparent movement, gesticulate


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


Attributes: moving, nonmoving, unmoving


Derivational Morphology: move, displace, travel, go, locomote, gesticulate, gesture, be active, gesticulation


Language Translations:
Chinese: 动作   Dutch: beweging  
Finnish: liike   French: mouvement  
German: Bewegung   Hebrew: תנועה  
Hungarian: mozgás   Italian: movimento  
Japanese: 動き   Korean: 운동  
Portuguese: movimento   Russian: движение  
Spanish: movimiento   Swedish: rörelse  
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