1. [ noun ] the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals
Synonyms: gesture gesticulation
Related terms: visual_communication shrug nod flourish wave sign sign_of_the_cross V_sign bow facial_expression high-five previous_question beck gesticulation gesticulate
2. [ noun ] a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
Synonyms: movement
Related terms: happening wave wave throw bending change_of_location whirl turning twist heave harmonic_motion crustal_movement recoil recoil deflection seek wobble squeeze passing periodic_motion undulation Brownian_movement approach travel
3. [ noun ] a change of position that does not entail a change of location
Synonyms: move movement motility

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

Related terms: change gesture wave rotation reach shutting lurch sitting disturbance squat sitting opening jerk waver twist vibration reclining straddle standing wiggle dart prostration headshake reciprocation toss inclination inversion body_English agitation abduction inversion circumduction sweep stroke kneel fetal_movement kick nystagmus retraction snap adduction eurhythmics eurhythmics retroflection move
4. [ noun ] a state of change

"they were in a state of steady motion"

Related terms: motionlessness state stream shaking precession perpetual_motion be_active moving nonmoving
5. [ noun ] a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote
Synonyms: question

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

Related terms: proposal
6. [ verb ] show, express or direct through movement
Synonyms: gesticulate gesture

"He gestured his desire to leave"

Related terms: communicate nod beckon bow wink shrug stretch_out applaud clap bless shake cross_oneself gesture gesture gesticulation
7. [ noun ] the act of changing your location from one place to another
Synonyms: move movement

"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"

Related terms: change approach haste travel progress maneuver pursuit flow speed rise migration return shift translation crawl descent swing slide lurch slippage adduction abduction locomotion travel move move
8. [ noun ] (law) a request to the court for a ruling to resolve procedural or other issues
Related terms: request motion_in_limine
9. [ noun ] (physics,film) an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object
Synonyms: movement apparent_movement apparent_motion

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

Related terms: optical_illusion
Similar spelling:   mouton