- The definition of a motion is a movement or a proposal for action.
- An example of motion is a waving hand.
- An example of motion is a request by a committee member that a recommendation be accepted.
- Motion is defined as to signal with a movement.
An example of motion is to wave at someone to invite them over to your table.
This woman's waving hand is an example of motion.
- the act or process of moving; passage of a body from one place to another; movement
- the act of moving the body or any of its parts
- a meaningful movement of the hand, eyes, etc.; gesture
- Rare the ability to move
- an impulse; inclination: of one's own motion
- a proposal; suggestion; esp. a proposal formally made in an assembly or meeting
- Law an application to a court for a ruling, order, etc.
- Mech. a combination of moving parts; mechanism
- Music melodic progression, as a change from one pitch to another in a voice part
Origin of motionMiddle English mocioun ; from Classical Latin motio (gen. motionis), a moving ; from motus, past participle of movere, move
go through the motions
- The act or process of changing position or place.
- A meaningful or expressive change in the position of the body or a part of the body; a gesture.
- Active operation: set the plan in motion.
- The ability or power to move: lost motion in his arm.
- The manner in which the body moves, as in walking.
- A prompting from within; an impulse or inclination: resigned of her own motion.
- Music Melodic ascent and descent of pitch.
- Law An application made to a court for an order or a ruling.
- A formal proposal put to the vote under parliamentary procedures.
- a. A mechanical device or piece of machinery that moves or causes motion; a mechanism.b. The movement or action of such a device.
verbmo·tioned, mo·tion·ing, mo·tions
- To direct by making a gesture: motioned us to our seats.
- To indicate by making a gesture; signal: motioned that he was ready.
- To make a motion (that something should happen).
Origin of motionMiddle English mocioun, from Old French motion, from Latin mōtiō, mōtiōn-, from mōtus, past participle of movēre, to move; see meu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
See also travel.apheliotropism the tendency of some plants to grow in a direction away from the sun. apogeotropism the tendency of some plants to grow away from the earth and the pull of gravity. —apogeotropic, adj. bradykinesia slowness of movement. —bradykinetic, adj. chemotaxis the property of some plants and animals of moving toward or away from certain chemicals. chemotropism growth or motion in response to a chemical stimulus. —chemotropic, adj. diatropism the capacity or tendency of some plants to adopt a position transverse to the line of force of an external stimulus. — diatropic, adj. dromophobia kinetophobia. galvanotropism growth or movement of an organism in response to an electric current. —galvanotropic, adj. geotaxis the movement of an organism in response to the force of gravity. kinematics the study of the motion of bodies considered independently of external forces. Also called phoronomy. —kinematic, adj. kinesomania a mania for movement. kinetics the branch of physics that studies the motion of masses in relation to the forces acting on them. kinetophobia an abnormal fear or dislike of motion. Also called dromophobia. phoronomy kinematics. photokinesis movement of bodies, organisms, etc., in response to the stimulus of light. —photokinetic, adj. phototaxis the movement of an organism away from or toward a source of light. —phototactic, adj. phototropism motion in a particular direction under the stimulus of light, as exhibited by certain plants, organisms, etc. —phototropic, adj. rheotaxis the tendency of certain living things to move in response to the mechanical stimulus of a current of water. stereotaxis orientation or movement of an organism in response to the stimulus of a solid object. Cf. stereotropism. —stereotactic, adj. stereotropism growth or movement determined by contact with a solid. Also called thigmotropism. Cf. stereotaxis. —stereotropic, adj. tachophobia an abnormal fear of speed. thigmotropism stereotropism. —thigmotropic, adj. trochilics Rare. the science of rotary motion. —trochilic, adj. trophotropism the movement of cells in relation to food or nutritive matter. —trophotropic, adj. tropism the tendency of a plant, animal, or part to move or turn in response to an external stimulus, as sunlight or temperature. —tropistic, adj.
(countable and uncountable, plural motions)
- (uncountable) A state of progression from one place to another.
- (countable) A change of position with respect to time.
- (physics) A change from one place to another.
- (countable) A parliamentary action to propose something.
- The motion to amend is now open for discussion.
- (philosophy) from κίνησις; any change. Traditionally of four types: generation and corruption, alteration, augmentation and diminution, and change of place.
- Movement of the mind, desires, or passions; mental act, or impulse to any action; internal activity.
- (law) An application made to a court or judge orally in open court. Its object is to obtain an order or rule directing some act to be done in favor of the applicant.
- (music) Change of pitch in successive sounds, whether in the same part or in groups of parts. (Conjunct motion is that by single degrees of the scale. Contrary motion is when parts move in opposite directions. Disjunct motion is motion by skips. Oblique motion is when one part is stationary while another moves. Similar or direct motion is when parts move in the same direction.)
(third-person singular simple present motions, present participle motioning, simple past and past participle motioned)
The parliamentary sense is incorrectly used by people who are not familiar with parliamentary procedure. They might say "I motion that such-and-such"—however, it would be correct to say "I move that such-and-such".
motion - Legal Definition
- In litigation, a formal request, usually in writing, to a court for specified relief, under applicable procedural rules.
- In a legislature or other deliberative body, a request for procedural relief made by a member to the chairman or the body at large, under Robert’s Rules of Order or other applicable procedural rules.