What is the meaning of motion?


  • The use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals.
  • A natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something.
  • A change of position that does not entail a change of location.
    • usage: "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"
  • A state of change.
    • usage: "they were in a state of steady motion"
  • A formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote.
    • usage: "he made a motion to adjourn"; "she called for the question"
  • The act of changing location from one place to another.
    • usage: "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"
  • An optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object.
    • usage: "the cinema relies on apparent motion"; "the succession of flashing lights gave an illusion of movement"


  • Show, express or direct through movement.
    • usage: "He gestured his desire to leave"
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APAWordNet. (2010). motion. Retrieved March 26, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/motion/definitions/1189815
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