Meaning of MOTION in English

I. ˈmō-shən noun

Etymology: Middle English mocioun, from Anglo-French motion, from Latin motion-, motio movement, from movēre to move

Date: 14th century


a. : an act, process, or instance of changing place : movement

b. : an active or functioning state or condition

set the divorce proceedings in motion

2. : an impulse or inclination of the mind or will


a. : a proposal for action ; especially : a formal proposal made in a deliberative assembly

b. : an application made to a court or judge to obtain an order, ruling, or direction

4. obsolete

a. : a puppet show

b. : puppet

5. : mechanism


a. : an act or instance of moving the body or its parts : gesture

b. plural : activities, movements

7. : melodic change of pitch

• mo·tion·al ˈmō-shnəl, -shə-n ə l adjective

• mo·tion·less ˈmō-shən-ləs adjective

• mo·tion·less·ly adverb

• mo·tion·less·ness noun

- in motion

II. verb

( mo·tioned ; mo·tion·ing ˈmō-sh(ə-)niŋ)

Date: 1747

intransitive verb

: to signal by a movement or gesture

the pitcher motion ed to the catcher

transitive verb

: to direct by a motion

motion ed me to the seat

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.