Motion

Definition of Motion

Mo´tion
n.1.The act, process, or state of changing place or position; movement; the passing of a body from one place or position to another, whether voluntary or involuntary; - opposed to rest.
Speaking or mute, all comeliness and grace
attends thee, and each word, each motion, forms.
- Milton.
2.Power of, or capacity for, motion.
Devoid of sense and motion.
- Milton.
3.Direction of movement; course; tendency; as, the motion of the planets is from west to east.
In our proper motion we ascend.
- Milton.
4.Change in the relative position of the parts of anything; action of a machine with respect to the relative movement of its parts.
This is the great wheel to which the clock owes its motion.
- Dr. H. More.
5.Movement of the mind, desires, or passions; mental act, or impulse to any action; internal activity.
Let a good man obey every good motion rising in his heart, knowing that every such motion proceeds from God.
- South.
6.A proposal or suggestion looking to action or progress; esp., a formal proposal made in a deliberative assembly; as, a motion to adjourn.
Yes, I agree, and thank you for your motion.
- Shak.
7.(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.
8.(Mus.) Change of pitch in successive sounds, whether in the same part or in groups of parts.
9.A puppet show or puppet.
What motion's this? the model of Nineveh?
- Beau. & Fl.
Center of motion
etc. See under Center, Harmonic, etc.
Motion block
(Steam Engine) a crosshead.
Perpetual motion
(Mech.) an incessant motion conceived to be attainable by a machine supplying its own motive forces independently of any action from without. According to the law of conservation of energy, such perpetual motion is impossible, and no device has yet been built that is capable of perpetual motion.
v. i.1.To make a significant movement or gesture, as with the hand; as, to motion to one to take a seat.
[imp. & p. p. Motioned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Motioning.]
2.To make proposal; to offer plans.
v. t.1.To direct or invite by a motion, as of the hand or head; as, to motion one to a seat.
2.To propose; to move.
I want friends to motion such a matter.
- Burton.

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