motile

adjective
mo·​tile | \ˈmō-tᵊl, -ˌtī(-ə)l\

Definition of motile 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: exhibiting or capable of movement

motile

noun

Definition of motile (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action

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Adjective

motility \ mō-​ˈti-​lə-​tē \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

For Mr. Alaïa, each stitch, every motile moment, has to have an integral (as opposed to decorative) reason for being. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "At Couture Fashion Week, An Antidote to the Instagram Age," 8 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At their headquarters in Front Royal, Virginia, SCBI scientists performed Rizzo’s artificial insemination with a sample of approximately 300 million motile oryx sperm—10 times more than previously used for such procedures. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "New Artificial Insemination Technique Successfully Breeds Critically Endangered Scimitar-Horned Oryx," 10 July 2018 Floor-length silk fringe created a motile surface on capes and gowns, ever adrift in the wind. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Fashion Parties With the French President," 6 Mar. 2018 Others saw the motile creatures in the semen and believed them to be the source of the future baby. Abraham Verghese, New York Times, "Where Do Babies Come From? And Why Did It Take Scientists So Long to Find Out?," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of motile

Adjective

1857, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for motile

Adjective

Latin motus, past participle of movēre

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Motilón

moting

motion

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The first known use of motile was in 1857

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motile

adjective
mo·​tile | \ˈmōt-ᵊl, ˈmō-ˌtīl \

Medical Definition of motile 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: exhibiting or capable of movement motile cilia

motile

noun

Medical Definition of motile (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person whose prevailing mental imagery is motor rather than visual or auditory and takes the form of inner feelings of action — compare audile, tactile, visualizer

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