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Definition of locomotion

1 : an act or the power of moving from place to place
2 : travel interest in free locomotion and choice of occupation— Zechariah Chafee Jr.

Examples of locomotion in a Sentence

Walking is one form of locomotion.
Recent Examples on the Web According to the statement, the team collected additional specimens in Thailand earlier this year and is now using high-speed video to study the unique locomotion of these fishes. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Study Finds Ten Species of Fish That May Have a Secret Talent for Walking on Land," 14 Sep. 2020 In both cases, the coverings helped the robot grip the ground better, leading to faster locomotion and representing about a 40 percent improvement in speed. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How Coffee Grounds Can Help Robots Traverse Uneven Terrain," 3 June 2020 Still other genes highlighted by the researchers may impact locomotion in rodents. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Rats May Be Genetically Adapted to New York Living," 13 Mar. 2020 The rarity of Oligocene Epoch whale skeletons has hindered research efforts to understand the evolution of modern whales' locomotion that is powered by their flukes (tails) but controlled by their forelimbs, the study said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "An extinct giant dolphin behaved like a killer whale, study finds," 9 July 2020 Siphonophores are transparent, gelatinous animals made of clusters of cells that are highly specialized for functions such as feeding and locomotion. Nusmila Lohani, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Portugal plans for a green future, and more," 15 May 2020 Shrivastava is also curious to explore downhill locomotion. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "'Mini Rover' can wiggle and crawl its way across tricky terrain on other planets," 13 May 2020 The diminutive gecko is capable of some extraordinary feats of locomotion, zipping along vertical walls with ease and even running short distances across water. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Gecko’s soft hairy toes reorient to help it stick to different types of surfaces," 11 May 2020 An increase in the possibilities of locomotion is far different from an increase in information that can usefully guide it. Maël Renouard, Harper's Magazine, "To Infinity and Beyond," 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of locomotion

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for locomotion

Latin locus + English motion

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The first known use of locomotion was in 1646

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23 Sep 2020

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“Locomotion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locomotion. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of locomotion

technical : the act or power of moving from place to place


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Kids Definition of locomotion

: the act or power of moving from place to place


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Medical Definition of locomotion

: an act or the power of moving from place to place : progressive movement (as of an animal body)

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