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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

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

mo·tion·al play \ˈmō-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
mo·tion·less play \ˈmō-shən-ləs\ adjective
mo·tion·less·ly adverb
mo·tion·less·ness noun
in motion
  1. of an offensive football player :  running parallel to the line of scrimmage before the snap

Examples of motion

  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 of motion

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

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with 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

Full Definition of motion

mo·tionedmo·tion·ing 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

  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.


First Known Use of motion



biographical name Mo·tion \ˈmō-shən\

Definition of Motion

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

Medical Dictionary


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>

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