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 This suggests that the tail also played a role in energy-efficient locomotion. Yasemin Saplakoglu, Scientific American, 22 Sep. 2021 Will the Tesla bot do bipedal locomotion, the complex two-legged walking that humans have perfected over millions of years? Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 27 Aug. 2021 Our new study brought together squirrel psychologists and comparative biomechanists to ask whether squirrels’ cognitive decision-making extends to dynamic changes in locomotion—the famous squirrel leap. Quartz, 7 Aug. 2021 Our new study brought together squirrel psychologists and comparative biomechanists to ask whether squirrels’ cognitive decision-making extends to dynamic changes in locomotion – the famous squirrel leap. Robert J. Full, The Conversation, 5 Aug. 2021 Robert Full from the PolyPEDAL Laboratory is renowned for studies that extract fundamental design principles through experiments on locomotion in species with unique specialisations for movement, from crabs to cockroaches to leaping lizards. Quartz, 7 Aug. 2021 The work by Hunt and Full’s team is part of a larger, multi-institutional collaboration to study and apply the principles of squirrel locomotion. Tess Joosse, Scientific American, 5 Aug. 2021 Robert Full from the PolyPEDAL Laboratory is renowned for studies that extract fundamental design principles through experiments on locomotion in species with unique specializations for movement, from crabs to cockroaches to leaping lizards. Robert J. Full, The Conversation, 5 Aug. 2021 The researchers suggest this locomotion style might help the bug avoid being eaten by anything lurking nearby. New York Times, 26 July 2021

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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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18 Oct 2021

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“Locomotion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locomotion. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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locomotion

noun

English Language Learners 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) \

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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