(1)   The act of changing location from one place to another
"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"
(2)   A change of position that does not entail a change of location
"The reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"
"Movement is a sign of life"
"An impatient move of his hand"
"Gastrointestinal motility"
(3)   The use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals
(4)   A formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote
"He made a motion to adjourn"
"She called for the question"
(5)   A natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
(6)   An optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object
"The cinema relies on apparent motion"
"The succession of flashing lights gave an illusion of movement"
(7)   A state of change
"They were in a state of steady motion"


(8)   Show, express or direct through movement
"He gestured his desire to leave"


  1. A state of progression from one place to another.
  2. A change of position with respect to time.
  3. A change from one place to another.
  4. A parliamentary action to propose something.
    The motion to amend is now open for discussion.


state of progression from one place to another

change from one place to another


  1. To gesture indicating a desired movement.
    He motioned for me to come closer.