: an act, process, or instance of changing place : movement
a pendulum in motion
: an active or functioning state or condition
set the divorce proceedings in motion
: an impulse or inclination of the mind or will
the fundamental motions of humanity to good or evil—T. S. Eliot
: a proposal for action
especially : a formal proposal made in a deliberative assembly
made a motion that the meeting be adjourned
: an application made to a court or judge to obtain an order, ruling, or direction
His motion for a new trial was denied.
: a puppet show
: an act or instance of moving the body or its parts : gesture
signaled with a motion of his arm
motions plural : activities, movements
taking advantage of the night to conceal his motions
: melodic change of pitch
motioned; motioning ˈmō-sh(ə-)niŋ
: to signal by a movement or gesture
the pitcher motioned to the catcher
: to direct by a motion
motioned me to the seat
Noun She has a simple golf swing with no wasted motion. the rhythmic motions of the waves He caught the ball and flipped it back to me in one fluid motion. The wax should be applied using a circular motion. He made hand motions to get our attention. She made a motion calling for the repeal of the law. Her motion was voted on. His lawyer filed a motion for a mistrial. The judge denied a motion to delay the hearing. Verb The guard motioned us through the gate. She motioned to her assistant. She motioned at the empty chair beside her and told me to sit down. See More
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NounIn open session at 5 p.m., the council will give final approval to a change in council procedures to allow for a motion and second before further consideration of an agenda item. —Laura Groch Feb. 5, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Feb. 2023 The ruling, issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty in the Southern District of New York, denied a motion brought by individuals and mental health organizations in December. —Celina Tebor, CNN, 4 Feb. 2023 As the play starts, Demetric Felton Jr. will go in orbit motion to stress the flat of the Ravens. —Lance Reisland, cleveland, 4 Feb. 2023 If the cracking is big enough, the process can cause a shaking motion and a loud boom. —Kathryn Prociv, NBC News, 3 Feb. 2023 This Sole elliptical features a whisper-quiet drive system, functions in backwards and forwards motion, and has a power incline feature that adds resistance and up to 20 incline levels. —Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 3 Feb. 2023 If the judge approves the McDonald’s directors’ motion to dismiss, the claims against Mr. Fairhurst would be moot. —Dylan Tokar, WSJ, 2 Feb. 2023 The redux of Disneyland's original motion simulator remains one of the park's more exciting attractions, thanks to its immersive 3-D effects and an up-close visit from C-3PO himself. —Carlye Wisel, Travel + Leisure, 2 Feb. 2023 Experts recommend using a motion sensor for outdoor lighting, especially floodlights,. —Catrin Einhorn, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2023
VerbRight fielder Seiya Suzuki immediately motioned for help and a trainer came to check on Bellinger. —Kristie Rieken, Chron, 15 May 2023 Several people then began beating on Perry’s car and a man carrying an assault-style rifle approached the car and motioned with the rifle for Perry to lower his window, according to Broden. —Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, 11 Apr. 2023 Close, sitting under the baseline, motioned to Rice to end her workout, but with a slight smile, Rice requested to shoot a little more. —Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2023 Government prosecutors have agreed to consider motioning for a sentencing guideline reduction for Pierce in exchange for his cooperation. —Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 13 May 2023 Advertisement In court filings Thursday, attorneys for Banks motioned to dismiss the lawsuit. —Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2023 After a long stalk to the edge of the oaks, Clay peered through an opening, set up the sticks, and motioned me over. —Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, 4 Apr. 2023 Proctor raised his arms and motioned to the home-state crowd for more noise as Duke won its eighth straight game and earned its 17th trip to the title game in the past 25 tournaments. —Aaron Beard, Sun Sentinel, 10 Mar. 2023 Defense attorneys told Mobile County Circuit Court Judge Ben Brooks they were only made aware of the video at 6 p.m. Thursday night and motioned for a mistrial. —Warren Kulo | Wkulo@al.com, al, 3 Mar. 2023 See More
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