locomotion

noun
lo·​co·​mo·​tion | \ ˌlō-kə-ˈmō-shən How to pronounce locomotion (audio) \

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 Each time, the plucky robot climbs back onto its feet—and not because the researchers coded this reaction to this particular variety of assault, but because the Jueying is now consulting with its AI experts in the art of locomotion. Matt Simon, Wired, "Watch a Robot Dog Learn How to Deftly Fend Off a Human," 5 Jan. 2021 Linking up with elusive West Coast rapper and beatsmith Madlib, DOOM scored (another) one of the greatest rap albums of all time, using curt, linear, impactful narratives to effect the speed and locomotion of hard-core punk on 2004’s Madvillainy. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, "Hip-Hop Needs No Other Supervillain After MF DOOM," 5 Jan. 2021 Ennos argues that our forward-facing eyes with binocular vision, upright posture and differentiation between hind limbs for locomotion and forelimbs for gripping all evolved for living in canopies. Washington Post, "How wood shaped human history, from spears to boats to books," 31 Dec. 2020 It’s the tortoise and the hare—two species that both evolved for locomotion: one for sprinting, the other for endurance. Christine Peterson, Outdoor Life, "This Ultra-Runner Is on a Quest to Persistence-Hunt a Pronghorn," 23 Nov. 2020 It’s the tortoise and the hare—two species that both evolved for locomotion: one for sprinting, the other for endurance. Popular Science, "Can a hunter outrun an antelope? This ultra-marathoner is finding out.," 23 Nov. 2020 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

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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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15 Jan 2021

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“Locomotion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locomotion. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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locomotion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of locomotion

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

locomotion

noun
lo·​co·​mo·​tion | \ ˌlō-kə-ˈmō-shən How to pronounce locomotion (audio) \

Kids Definition of locomotion

: the act or power of moving from place to place

locomotion

noun
lo·​co·​mo·​tion | \ ˌlō-kə-ˈmō-shən How to pronounce locomotion (audio) \

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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