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Definition 1: a change of position that does not entail a change of location - [noun denoting act]

Samples where motion or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise
  • movement is a sign of life
  • an impatient move of his hand
  • gastrointestinal motility

Synonyms for motion in the sense of this definition

(motion is a kind of ...) the action of changing something

"the change of government had no impact on the economy" "his change on abortion cost him the election"

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of snapping the fingers; movement of a finger from the tip to the base of the thumb on the same hand

"he gave his fingers a snap"

(... is a kind of motion ) (photography) the act of assuming a certain position (as for a photograph or portrait)

"he wanted his portrait painted but couldn't spare time for the sitting"

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of assuming or maintaining a seated position

"he read the mystery at one sitting"

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of closing something

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of rotating as if on an axis

"the rotation of the dancer kept time with the music"

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of bending backward

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of pulling or holding or drawing a part back

"the retraction of the landing gear" "retraction of the foreskin"

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of assuming or maintaining a reclining position

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of assuming or maintaining a crouching position with the knees bent and the buttocks near the heels

(... is a kind of motion ) a movement in an arc

"a sweep of his arm"

(... is a kind of motion ) an abrupt movement

"a toss of his head"

(... is a kind of motion ) the interpretation in harmonious bodily movements of the rhythm of musical compositions; used to teach musical understanding

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of wiggling

(... is a kind of motion ) a single complete movement

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of sitting or standing astride

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of assuming or maintaining an erect upright position

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of moving back and forth

(... is a kind of motion ) a movement like that of a sudden occurrence or increase in a specified phenomenon

"a wave of settlers" "troops advancing in waves"

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of vibrating

(... is a kind of motion ) alternating back-and-forth movement

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of physically reaching or thrusting out

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of assuming a prostrate position

(... is a kind of motion ) motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling

(... is a kind of motion ) a sudden quick movement

(... is a kind of motion ) motion of a fetus within the uterus (usually detected by the 16th week of pregnancy)

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion

(... is a kind of motion ) a circular movement of a limb or eye

(... is a kind of motion ) a motion of the body by a player as if to make an object already propelled go in the desired direction

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously)

(... is a kind of motion ) (physiology) moving of a body part toward the central axis of the body

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of turning your head left and right to signify denial or disbelief or bemusement

"I could tell from their headshakes that they didn't believe me"

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of inclining; bending forward

"an inclination of his head indicated his agreement"

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of opening something

"the ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door"

(... is a kind of motion ) the movement of the eyes

(... is a kind of motion ) abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance)

"the pitching and tossing was quite exciting"

(... is a kind of motion ) supporting yourself on your knees

(... is a kind of motion ) a rhythmic thrusting movement of the legs as in swimming or calisthenics

"the kick must be synchronized with the arm movements" "the swimmer's kicking left a wake behind him"

(... is a kind of motion ) an abrupt spasmodic movement

(... is a kind of motion ) turning upside down; setting on end

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of turning inside out

(... is a kind of motion ) (physiology) moving of a body part away from the central axis of the body

Definition 2: the act of changing location from one place to another - [noun denoting act]

Samples where motion or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • police controlled the motion of the crowd
  • the movement of people from the farms to the cities
  • his move put him directly in my path

Synonyms for motion in the sense of this definition

(motion is a kind of ...) the action of changing something

"the change of government had no impact on the economy" "his change on abortion cost him the election"

(... is a kind of motion ) failing to hold or slipping out of place

"the knots allowed no slippage"

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression

(... is a kind of motion ) a very slow movement

"the traffic advanced at a crawl"

(... is a kind of motion ) changing location rapidly

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of uniform movement

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of moving from one place to another

"his constant shifting disrupted the class"

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner

"in his haste to leave he forgot his book"

(... is a kind of motion ) a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill

"he made a great maneuver" "the runner was out on a play by the shortstop"

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it

"his slide didn't stop until the bottom of the hill" "the children lined up for a coast down the snowy slope"

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of going back to a prior location

"they set out on their return to the base camp"

(... is a kind of motion ) changing location by moving back and forth

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of drawing spatially closer to something

"the hunter's approach scattered the geese"

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)

(... is a kind of motion ) self-propelled movement

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of moving forward suddenly

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of going from one place to another

"he enjoyed selling but he hated the travel"

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture

"the culprit started to run and the cop took off in pursuit"

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of changing location in an upward direction

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of changing your location in a downward direction

(... is a kind of motion ) the movement of persons from one country or locality to another

Definition 3: the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for motion in the sense of this definition

(motion is a kind of ...) communication that relies on vision

(... is a kind of motion ) a gesture with the right hand moving to form a cross; used by Catholics as a profession of faith

(... is a kind of motion ) bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting

(... is a kind of motion ) a sign of assent or salutation or command

(... is a kind of motion ) a sign (for victory); making a V with the index and middle fingers

(... is a kind of motion ) the act of signaling by a movement of the hand

(... is a kind of motion ) a gesture involving the shoulders

(... is a kind of motion ) a motion calling for an immediate vote on the main question under discussion by a deliberative assembly

(... is a kind of motion ) a gesture of greeting or elation; one person's upraised palm slaps the upraised palm of another person

(... is a kind of motion ) a showy gesture

"she entered with a great flourish"

(... is a kind of motion ) a gesture executed with the facial muscles

(... is a kind of motion ) a beckoning gesture

(... is a kind of motion ) a deliberate and vigorous gesture or motion

(... is a kind of motion ) a gesture that is part of a sign language

(... is a kind of motion ) bending the knees; a gesture of respect made by women

Definition 4: a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where motion or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he made a motion to adjourn
  • she called for the question

Synonyms for motion in the sense of this definition

(motion is a kind of ...) something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)

Definition 5: a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for motion in the sense of this definition

(motion is a kind of ...) an event that happens

(... is a kind of motion ) the movement of a read/write head to a specific data track on a disk

(... is a kind of motion ) a twisting squeeze

"gave the wet cloth a wring"

(... is a kind of motion ) the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam

(... is a kind of motion ) a movement in a new direction

"the turning of the wind"

(... is a kind of motion ) a jerky pulling movement

(... is a kind of motion ) wavelike motion; a gentle rising and falling in the manner of waves

(... is a kind of motion ) one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)

(... is a kind of motion ) an unsteady rocking motion

(... is a kind of motion ) confused movement

"he was caught up in a whirl of work" "a commotion of people fought for the exits"

(... is a kind of motion ) the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired

(... is a kind of motion ) a movement back from an impact

(... is a kind of motion ) (geology) a horizontal dislocation

(... is a kind of motion ) movement resulting from or causing deformation of the earth's crust

(... is a kind of motion ) the event of one object coming closer to another

(... is a kind of motion ) the motion of one object relative to another

"stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets"

(... is a kind of motion ) the movement of the pointer or pen of a measuring instrument from its zero position

(... is a kind of motion ) movement that causes the formation of a curve

(... is a kind of motion ) a movement through space that changes the location of something

(... is a kind of motion ) (physics) a movement up and down or back and forth

(... is a kind of motion ) a small irregular movement

(... is a kind of motion ) motion that recurs over and over and the period of time required for each recurrence remains the same

(... is a kind of motion ) the random motion of small particles suspended in a gas or liquid

Definition 6: an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Samples where motion or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the cinema relies on apparent motion
  • the succession of flashing lights gave an illusion of movement

Synonyms for motion in the sense of this definition

(motion is a kind of ...) an optical phenomenon that results in a false or deceptive visual impression

Definition 7: a state of change - [noun denoting state]

Samples where motion or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they were in a state of steady motion

(motion is a kind of ...) the way something is with respect to its main attributes

"the current state of knowledge" "his state of health" "in a weak financial state"

(... is a kind of motion ) a shaky motion

"the shaking of his fingers as he lit his pipe"

(... is a kind of motion ) motion that continues indefinitely without any external source of energy; impossible in practice because of friction

(... is a kind of motion ) the motion of a spinning body (as a top) in which it wobbles so that the axis of rotation sweeps out a cone

(... is a kind of motion ) something that resembles a flowing stream in moving continuously

"a stream of people emptied from the terminal" "the museum had planned carefully for the flow of visitors"

(... are attributes of motion) in motion

"a constantly moving crowd" "the moving parts of the machine"

(... are attributes of motion) not in motion

Definition 8: show, express or direct through movement - [verb of communication]

Samples where motion or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He gestured his desire to leave

Synonyms for motion in the sense of this definition

(motion is a kind of ...) transmit thoughts or feelings

"He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"

(... is a kind of motion ) signal by winking

"She winked at him"

(... is a kind of motion ) shake (a body part) to communicate a greeting, feeling, or cognitive state

"shake one's head" "She shook her finger at the naughty students" "The old enemies shook hands" "Don't shake your fist at me!"

(... is a kind of motion ) bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head

"He bowed before the King" "She bowed her head in shame"

(... is a kind of motion ) make the sign of the cross; in the Catholic religion

(... is a kind of motion ) express or signify by nodding

"He nodded his approval"

(... is a kind of motion ) make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate

(... is a kind of motion ) clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval

(... is a kind of motion ) clap one's hands together

"The children were clapping to the music"

(... is a kind of motion ) raise one's shoulders to indicate indifference or resignation

(... is a kind of motion ) thrust or extend out

"He held out his hand" "point a finger" "extend a hand" "the bee exserted its sting"

(... is a kind of motion ) signal with the hands or nod

"She waved to her friends" "He waved his hand hospitably"

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