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1 motion

The use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals.

synonym: gesture.

Roget 763: offer, proffer, presentation, tender, bid, overture; proposal, proposition; motion, invitation; candidature; offering etc. ... show more

Roget 626: plan, scheme, design, project; proposal, proposition, suggestion; resolution, motion; precaution etc. (provision) 673; deep-laid plan ... show more

Roget 454: subject of thought, material for thought; food for the mind, mental pabulum.    subject, subject matter; matter, theme, noemata [Gr.], topic, what it is about, thesis, text, business, ... show more

Roget 765: request, requisition; claim etc. (demand) 741; petition, suit, prayer; begging letter, round robin.    motion, overture, ... show more

Dutch: gebaar

2 motion

A natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something.

synonym: movement.

3 motion

A change of position that does not entail a change of location:
— The reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise.

synonyms: motility, move, movement.

Roget 264: motion, movement, move; going etc. v.; unrest.    stream, flow, flux, run, course, stir; ... show more

Dutch: beweging
Polish: poruszenie, ruszenie

4 motion

A state of change.

5 motion

A formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote:
— He made a motion to adjourn.

synonym: question.

Dutch: motie, twijfel
Polish: wniosek

6 motion

The act of changing location from one place to another:
— Police controlled the motion of the crowd.

synonyms: move, movement.

Dutch: omzetting, translocatie, transpositie, verplaatsing

7 motion

An optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object:
— The cinema relies on apparent motion.

synonyms: apparent motion, apparent movement, movement.

Dutch: beweging


1 motion

Show, express or direct through movement.

synonyms: gesticulate, gesture.

Dutch: gebaren, gesticuleren

Moby thesaurus: Zeitgeist, act, action, activeness, activism, activity, agitation, bearing, beck, beckon, bill, body language, business, calendar, carriage, change, charade, chironomy, clause, clockworks ... show more.

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