Meaning of MOTION in English

/ ˈməʊʃn; NAmE ˈmoʊʃn/ noun , verb

■ noun


[ U , sing. ] the act or process of moving or the way sth moves :

Newton's laws of motion

The swaying motion of the ship was making me feel seasick.

( formal )

Do not alight while the train is still in motion (= moving) .

Rub the cream in with a circular motion.

—see also slow motion


[ C ] a particular movement made usually with your hand or your head, especially to communicate sth

SYN gesture :

At a single motion of his hand, the room fell silent.


[ C ] a formal proposal that is discussed and voted on at a meeting :

to table / put forward a motion

to propose a motion (= to be the main speaker in favour of a motion)

The motion was adopted / carried by six votes to one.


[ C ] ( BrE , formal ) an act of emptying the bowels ; the waste matter that is emptied from the bowels


- go through the motions (of doing sth)

- set / put sth in motion

■ verb

motion to sb (to do sth) | motion (for) sb to do sth to make a movement, usually with your hand or head to show sb what you want them to do :

[ v ]

I motioned to the waiter.

He motioned for us to follow him.

[ vn ]

She motioned him into her office.

[also vn to inf ]



late Middle English : via Old French from Latin motio(n-) , from movere to move.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.