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motion

mo·tion

motion

 
pronunciation:
mo shn
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the process, manner, or instance of changing place; movement.
He studied the motion of the planets.The motion of the train caused her to feel drowsy.
synonyms:
movement
similar words:
action, activity, drift, flux, mobility, play, progress, travel
definition 2: an expressive movement of the body, often to communicate meaning; gesture.
With one motion of her finger, she managed to quiet the children.
synonyms:
gesture, sign
similar words:
gesticulation, move, movement, nod, pantomime, shrug, signal
definition 3: the process or state of functioning or being in operation.
Don't touch the fan when the blade is in motion.
synonyms:
operation
similar words:
action, activity, working
definition 4: a proposal made to a judge, governmental assembly, or other formal body.
His lawyer made a motion to dismiss the case.
similar words:
nomination, proposal, question, recommendation, submission, suggestion
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: motioned, motioning, motions
definition 1: to direct with a gesture.
The principal motioned the parents to sit down.
synonyms:
wave
similar words:
beckon, direct, indicate, signal
definition 2: to make a proposal to a judge, governmental assembly, or other formal body.
She motioned that the meeting be adjourned.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to make a motion or gesture.
He motioned to her, and she approached.
synonyms:
gesture
similar words:
gesticulate, nod, pantomime, shrug, signal, wave
derivations: motionless (adj.), motionlessly (adv.), motionlessness (n.)
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