motion
I. noun Etymology: Middle English mocioun, from Anglo-French motion, from Latin motion-, motio movement, from movēre to move Date: 14th century 1. a. an act, process, or instance of changing place ; movement b. an active or functioning state or condition <
set the divorce proceedings in motion
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2. an impulse or inclination of the mind or will 3. 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 6. a. an act or instance of moving the body or its parts ; gesture b. plural activities, movements 7. melodic change of pitch • motional adjectivemotionless adjectivemotionlessly adverbmotionlessness noun II. verb (motioned; motioning) Date: 1747 intransitive verb to signal by a movement or gesture <
the pitcher motioned to the catcher
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transitive verb to direct by a motion <
motioned me to the seat
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