motion sickness


Definition of motion sickness

: sickness induced by motion (as in travel by air, car, or ship) and characterized by nausea

Examples of motion sickness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Turner offered her a motion sickness patch, and Palmer pushed through early stomach-churning outings with the team. Jonathan Abrams, New York Times, "Meet the Ebony Anglers, Five Black Women Catching Fish and Stares," 1 Nov. 2020 Unlike with the tighter confines of the two-person rear seat and scenery-blocking cabinetry of our Eurovan, my son and daughter appreciated at vast, motion sickness-preventing views provided by the Metris’s expansive windows. Chris Dixon, Popular Mechanics, "After 17 Years, We Finally Have the Rightful Heir to the Vanagon," 21 Aug. 2020 For those who are prone to motion sickness, staying seated may be best. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, "10 Mistakes to Avoid on Your First Long Train Ride, According to Experts," 15 Aug. 2020 The automaker says its new system will reduce motion sickness by 60 percent. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Jaguar Land Rover Cuts That Carsick Feeling in Self-Driving Cars," 14 Aug. 2020 Research shows that ginger helps relieve nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness; morning sickness in pregnancy; during chemotherapy treatments; and post-surgically after anesthetic. Washington Post, "Apples keep you healthy, carrots help your eyes: What science says about such folk remedies," 16 Oct. 2019 One Pence staffer suffered apparent motion sickness. Jennifer Jacobs,, "In Zeal to Urge U.S. Reopening, Pence Sets Virus Worries Aside," 10 May 2020 Long-haul flights, which used to be crucibles of noise and motion sickness, have become oases of calm and luxury, at least for those lucky enough to afford premium seats. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, "Would 19 Hours and 16 Minutes in the Air Make Me Crazy?," 13 Nov. 2019 Some of her kids are prone to motion sickness, and listening rather than reading helps, Way said. Washington Post, "Alexa, read me a story: Audio content for kids on the rise," 1 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of motion sickness

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of motion sickness was in 1881

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“Motion sickness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of motion sickness

: a feeling of sickness caused by the motion of a car, airplane, boat, etc.

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Medical Definition of motion sickness

: sickness induced by motion (as in travel by air, car, or ship) and characterized by nausea

called also kinetosis

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