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motion

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noun mo·tion \ˈmō-shən\

Simple Definition of motion

  • : an act or process of moving

  • : a movement of your body or of a part of your body

  • : a formal suggestion or proposal that is made at a meeting for something to be done

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of motion

  1. 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. 2 :  an impulse or inclination of the mind or will

  3. 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. 4 obsolete a :  a puppet show b :  puppet

  5. 5 :  mechanism

  6. 6 a :  an act or instance of moving the body or its parts :  gesture b plural :  activities, movements

  7. 7 :  melodic change of pitch

motional

play \ˈmō-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

motionless

play \ˈmō-shən-ləs\ adjective

motionlessly

adverb

motionlessness

noun

in motion

  1. of an offensive football player :  running parallel to the line of scrimmage before the snap

Examples of motion in a sentence

  1. She has a simple golf swing with no wasted motion.

  2. the rhythmic motions of the waves

  3. He caught the ball and flipped it back to me in one fluid motion.

  4. The wax should be applied using a circular motion.

  5. He made hand motions to get our attention.

  6. She made a motion calling for the repeal of the law.

  7. Her motion was voted on.

  8. His lawyer filed a motion for a mistrial.

  9. The judge denied a motion to delay the hearing.



Origin and Etymology of motion

Middle English mocioun, from Anglo-French motion, from Latin motion-, motio movement, from movēre to move


First Known Use: 14th century


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motion

verb mo·tion

Simple Definition of motion

  • : to make a movement of your hand, head, etc., that tells someone to move or act in a certain way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of motion

motioned

motioning

play \ˈmō-sh(ə-)niŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to signal by a movement or gesture <the pitcher motioned to the catcher>

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to direct by a motion <motioned me to the seat>

Examples of motion in a sentence

  1. The guard motioned us through the gate.

  2. She motioned to her assistant.

  3. She motioned at the empty chair beside her and told me to sit down.



1747

First Known Use of motion

1747

Rhymes with motion


Motion

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biographical name Mo·tion \ˈmō-shən\

Definition of Motion

  1. Sir Andrew 1952–     British poet; poet laureate (1999–2009)





MOTION Defined for Kids

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motion

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noun mo·tion \ˈmō-shən\

Definition of motion for Students

  1. 1 :  an act or process of changing place or position :  movement <We felt the swaying motion of the train.>

  2. 2 :  a movement of the body or its parts <… the motion of his arms was not unlike the flapping of a pair of wings. — Washington Irving, “Sleepy Hollow”>

  3. 3 :  a formal plan or suggestion for action offered according to the rules of a meeting <She made a motion to adjourn.>

motionless

\-ləs\ adjective <She stood motionless.>



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motion

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verb mo·tion

Definition of motion for Students

motioned

motioning

  1. :  to direct or signal by a movement or sign <Instantly she set the bird down and motioned everyone away … — Carolyn Keene, The Double Jinx Mystery>




Medical Dictionary

motion

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noun mo·tion \ˈmō-shən\

Medical Definition of motion

  1. 1:  an act, process, or instance of changing place :  movement

  2. 2a:  an evacuation of the bowelsb:  the matter evacuated—often used in plural <blood in the motionsLancet>




Law Dictionary

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motion

noun mo·tion

Legal Definition of motion

  1. 1 :  a proposal for action; especially :  a formal proposal made in a legislative assembly <made a motion to refer the bill to committee>

  2. 2a :  an application made to a court or judge to obtain an order, ruling, or direction <a motion to arrest judgment>; also :  a document containing such an application b :  the initiative of a court to issue an order, ruling, or direction <the court is given discretion to order a pretrial conference either on its own motion or at the request of a party — J. H. Friedenthal et al.> motion for a more definite statement :  a motion that is filed before an answer and that requests the court to order the plaintiff to clarify allegations in the complaint because the claims are so vague or ambiguous that an answer cannot reasonably be framed motion for judgment on the pleadings :  a motion made after pleadings have been entered that requests the court to issue a judgment at that point — compare summary judgment at judgment 1a Editor's note: Under Rule 12(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, if matters outside of the pleadings are presented to the court when a motion for judgment on the pleadings is made, the motion will be treated as a motion for summary judgment. motion in limine \-in-ˈli-mə-nē\ :  a usually pretrial motion that requests the court to issue an interlocutory order which prevents an opposing party from introducing or referring to potentially irrelevant, prejudicial, or otherwise generally inadmissible evidence until the court has finally ruled on its admissibility motion to strike 1 :  a motion in a civil trial to remove from a pleading an insufficient defense or any redundant, immaterial, impertinent, or scandalous matter2 :  a motion in a criminal trial to exclude evidence from the record motion to suppress :  a pretrial motion requesting the court to exclude evidence that was obtained illegally and especially in violation of Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment protections omnibus motion \ˈäm-ni-bəs-\ :  a motion that makes multiple requests <filing an omnibus motion to dismiss and for a more definite statement — Department of Ins. of Florida v. Coopers & Lybrand, 570 So. 2d 369 (1990)>



Origin and Etymology of motion

Anglo-French, from Latin motion-, motio movement, from movēre to move


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motion

verb mo·tion

Legal Definition of motion

  1. :  move <motioned for a summary judgment>





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