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noun as in formal suggestion in a meeting

verb as in gesture, direct

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Example Sentences

Every frame looks like an ukiyo-e print in motion, kinetic and untethered to the physical world.

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Committees for the Republican Senatorial and Congressional campaigns filed motions in the case, arguing that election rules, including the staff prohibition, should not be changed.

Our eyes contain cones, which are the cells that sense color, and rods, which sense motion.

The Fujitsu team built an artificial-intelligence program that could learn to recognize and outline a human skeleton within these motion data.

To turn methanol into motion, the researchers coated a nickel-titanium alloy wire with platinum.

I wonder what that lady is doing now, and if she knows what she set in motion with Archer?

The train was already in motion as she tried to step inside, and her body was crushed beneath it.

Stop-motion animation artist PES has unveiled a new short this week.

But what he did set in motion a series of events that ended in his life being lost.

This year McQueen picked up three Oscars (including best picture) for his third motion picture 12 Years A Slave.

In this situation we waited the motion of the enemy, without perceiving any advancement they made towards us.

These sections also have vibrations of their own which are of shorter length and more rapid motion.

Felipe watched over her as a lover might; her great mournful eyes followed his every motion.

At six o'clock I felt once more the welcome motion of a Railroad car, and at eight was in Venice.

The first jolt had like to have shaken me out of my hammock, but afterwards the motion was easy enough.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is another word for motion?


Motion most commonly means movement.

To set in motion means to cause something to start moving. It’s usually used in a figurative way meaning to start, initiate, or cause something to begin (the phrase often implies that it’s something that might not be able to be stopped once it’s started).

A person’s (or animal’s) motion while walking is called their gait.

Sometimes, a motion is a gesture. Both words can also be used as verbs, as in He motioned/gestured toward the door. The word nod is used in reference to a motion or gesture made with the head. Nod can also be used as a verb or a noun.

In the context of a formal meeting, a motion is a formally made proposal or suggestion. Such motions often must be “seconded” (agreed with by one other person) to be considered. In this context, motion can also be used as a verb. The verb propose is a synonym.

What is the difference between motion and movement?


The words motion and movement are very similar. Both can be used generally to indicate that the things being observed are moving, though movement is perhaps more general. For example, you might point out the movement of the trees during a windstorm, or comment on the lively movement of people at a train station.

Both can also be applied in the context of a single thing that’s moving. Motion is perhaps more common when discussing the mechanics of how something moves. For example, astronomers study the motion of the planets.

Motion may be more commonly used in descriptions of specific types of moving, as in a swinging motion or a running motion.

Motion is used in the phrase in motion, which is used to describe something that’s moving.

Of course, motion and movement both have many other more specific meanings, such as a formal motion during a meeting, a movement in a piece of music, or a social movement.

On this page you'll find 134 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to motion, such as: act, gesture, passage, advance, agitation, and ambulation.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.