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English noun: motion

1. motion (communication) the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals


Synonymsgesture


Broader (hypernym)visual communication


Narrower (hyponym)beck, bow, bowing, curtsey, curtsy, facial expression, facial gesture, flourish, gesticulation, high-five, nod, obeisance, previous question, shrug, sign, sign of the cross, V sign, wafture, wave, waving

2. motion (event) a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something


Synonymsmovement


Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent


Narrower (hyponym)approach, approaching, backlash, bend, bending, Brownian motion, Brownian movement, cam stroke, change of location, commotion, crustal movement, deflection, deflexion, heave, jitter, kick, moving ridge, passage, passing, pedesis, periodic motion, periodic movement, rebound, recoil, recoil, repercussion, seek, squeeze, stroke, tectonic movement, throw, travel, turn, turning, twist, undulation, undulation, wave, wave, whirl, wobble, wrench, wring

3. motion (act) a change of position that does not entail a change of location


SamplesThe reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise.
Movement is a sign of life.
An impatient move of his hand.
Gastrointestinal motility.


Synonymsmotility, move, movement


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)abduction, adduction, agitation, body English, circumduction, closing, dart, disturbance, eurhythmics, eurhythmy, eurythmics, eurythmy, eversion, everting, eye movement, fetal movement, flicker, flit, flutter, foetal movement, gesture, headshake, headshaking, inclination, inclining, inversion, inversion, jerk, jerking, jolt, kick, kicking, kneel, kneeling, lurch, opening, pitch, pitching, posing, prostration, quiver, quivering, reach, reaching, reciprocation, reclining, retraction, retroflection, retroflexion, rotary motion, rotation, saccade, shutting, sitting, sitting, snap, span, squat, squatting, squirm, standing, straddle, stretch, stroke, sweep, toss, upending, vibration, wave, waver, wiggle, wriggle

4. motion (state) a state of change


SamplesThey were in a state of steady motion.


Broader (hypernym)state


Narrower (hyponym)flow, palpitation, perpetual motion, precession, quiver, quivering, shakiness, shaking, stream, trembling, vibration


Attributemoving, nonmoving, unmoving


Antonymslifelessness, motionlessness, stillness

5. motion (communication) a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote


SamplesHe made a motion to adjourn.
She called for the question.


Synonymsquestion


Broader (hypernym)proposal

6. motion (act) the act of changing location from one place to another


SamplesPolice controlled the motion of the crowd.
The movement of people from the farms to the cities.
His move put him directly in my path.


Synonymsmove, movement


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)advance, advancement, approach, approaching, ascending, ascension, ascent, chase, coast, coming, crawl, descent, displacement, flow, following, forward motion, glide, haste, hurry, hurrying, locomotion, lunge, lurch, maneuver, manoeuvre, migration, onward motion, play, procession, progress, progression, pursual, pursuit, return, rise, rush, rushing, shift, shifting, slide, slippage, speed, speeding, stream, swing, swinging, translation, travel, travel, traveling, travelling, vacillation

7. motion (phenomenon) an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object


SamplesThe cinema relies on apparent motion.
The succession of flashing lights gave an illusion of movement.


Synonymsapparent motion, apparent movement, movement


Broader (hypernym)optical illusion


English verb: motion

1. motion (communication) show, express or direct through movement


SamplesHe gestured his desire to leave.


Synonymsgesticulate, gesture


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s to somebody


Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate


Narrower (hyponym)acclaim, applaud, beckon, bless, bow, bow down, clap, clap, cross oneself, exsert, extend, hold out, nod, put out, shake, shrug, sign, spat, spat, stretch forth, stretch out, wave, wink









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