Webster 1913 Edition
[F., fr. L.
motum, to move. See
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
Speaking or mute, all comeliness and grace
attends thee, and each word, each
attends thee, and each word, each
Power of, or capacity for, motion.
Devoid of sense and
Direction of movement; course; tendency;
motionof the planets is from west to east
In our proper
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
Dr. H. More.
Movement of the mind, desires, or passions; mental act, or impulse to any action; internal activity.
Let a good man obey every good
motionrising in his heart, knowing that every such
motionproceeds from God.
A proposal or suggestion looking to action or progress; esp., a formal proposal made in a deliberative assembly;
Yes, I agree, and thank you for your
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.
Mozley & W.
Change of pitch in successive sounds, whether in the same part or in groups of parts.
motionsof different parts sounding together constitute counterpoint.
☞ Conjunct motion is that by single degrees of the scale. Contrary motion is that when parts move in opposite directions. Disjunct motion is motion by skips. Oblique motion is that when one part is stationary while another moves. Similar or direct motion is that when parts move in the same direction.
A puppet show or puppet.
motion’s this? the model of Nineveh?
Beau. & Fl.
☞ Motion, in mechanics, may be simple or compound.
Simple motionsare: (
a) straight translation, which, if of indefinite duration, must be reciprocating. (
b) Simple rotation, which may be either continuous or reciprocating, and when reciprocating is called oscillating. (
c) Helical, which, if of indefinite duration, must be reciprocating.
Compound motionconsists of combinations of any of the simple motions.
Syn. – See
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To make a significant movement or gesture, as with the hand;
motionto one to take a seat
To make proposal; to offer plans.
To direct or invite by a motion, as of the hand or head;
motionone to a seat
To propose; to move.
I want friends to
motionsuch a matter.
Webster 1828 Edition
Animal motion is that which is performed by animals in consequence of volition or an act of the will; but how the will operates on the body in producing motion, we cannot explain.
Mechanical motion is effected by the force or power of one body acting on another.
Perpetual motion is that which is effected or supplied by itself, without the impulse or intervention of any external cause. Hitherto it has been found impossible to invent a machine that has this principle.
1.Animal life and action.
Devoid of sense and motion.
2.Manner of moving the body; port; gait; air.
Each member move and every motion guide.
3.Change of posture; action.
Watching the motion of her patron's eye.
4.Military march or movement.
5.Agitation; as the motions of the sea.
6.Internal action; excitement; as the motions of the breast.
In our proper motion we ascend.
8.The effect of impulse; action proceeding from any cause, external or internal. In the growth of plants and animals, there must be a motion of the component parts, though invisible. Attraction or chimical affinity produces sensible motion of the parts of bodies. Motions of the mind ascribed to the invisible agency of the Supreme Being, are called good motions.
Let a good man obey every good motion rising in his heart, knowing that every such motion proceeds from God.
9.Proposal made; proposition offered; particularly, a proposition made in a deliberative assembly. A motion is made for a committee; a motion for introducing a bill; a motion to adjourn.
10. A puppet-show or puppet. [Not used.]