Biol. capable of or exhibiting spontaneous motion
Origin of motile; from Classical Latin motus, past participle of movere, to move + -ile
- Biology Moving or having the power to move spontaneously: motile spores.
- Psychology Of or relating to mental imagery that arises primarily from sensations of bodily movement and position rather than from visual or auditory sensations.
Origin of motileLatin m&omacron;tus, motion (from past participle of mov&emacron;re, to move; see motion) + –ile1.
(comparative more motile, superlative most motile)
From Latin mÅtus, perfect passive participle of moveÅ (“I move") (English move).