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mo·tion

motion

 
 
pronunciation:
mo shn
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the process, manner, or continuous action of moving; movement.
The car's motion made me sick.The scientists studied the motion of the planets.Don't touch the fan when the blade is in motion.
synonyms:
movement
similar words:
action, activity, drift, play, progress, travel
definition 2: an instance of movement.
Try to hit the ball with one smooth motion.With one jumping motion, the rabbit was gone.
definition 3: the state or process of operating or happening.
Once the plan was in motion, few changes could be made.
synonyms:
operation
similar words:
action, activity, working
definition 4: a formal suggestion made to a government group or other meeting.
The teacher would not accept our class president's motion to allow pets at school.
similar words:
nomination, proposal, recommendation, suggestion
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: motions, motioning, motioned
definition: to signal by a movement of the body.
The crossing guard motioned the children to wait at the corner.
synonyms:
wave
similar words:
beckon, direct, indicate, signal
derivations: motionless (adj.), motionlessly (adv.), motionlessness (n.)
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