(uncountable) A state of progression from one place to another.
(countable) A change of position with respect to time.
* Dr. H. More
(physics) A change from one place to another.
* 1839 , Denison Olmsted, A Compendium of Astronomy Page 95
- This is the great wheel to which the clock owes its motion .
(countable) A parliamentary action to propose something.
- Secondly, When a body is once in motion' it will continue to move forever, unless something stops it. When a ball is struck on the surface of the earth, the friction of the earth and the resistance of the air soon stop its ' motion .
- The motion to amend is now open for discussion.
(obsolete) An entertainment or show, especially a puppet show.
* 1644 , (John Milton), Aeropagitica :
- Yes, I agree, and thank you for your motion .
(philosophy) from ; any change. Traditionally of four types: generation and corruption, alteration, augmentation and diminution, and change of place.
* 1662 , , Book II, A Collection of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More, p. 53:
- when God gave him reason, he gave him freedom to choose, for reason is but choosing; he had bin else a meer artificiall Adam'', such an ''Adam as he is in the motions .
Movement of the mind, desires, or passions; mental act, or impulse to any action; internal activity.
- "I say, it is no uneven jot, to pass from the more faint and obscure examples of Spermatical'' life to the more considerable effects of ''general Motion'' in ''Minerals'', ''Metalls'', and sundry ''Meteors'', whose easie and rude shapes may have no need of any Principle of Life, or ''Spermatical form'' distinct from the ''Rest'' or ''Motion'' of the particles of the ''Matter ."
(legal) An application made to a court or judge orally in open court. Its object is to obtain an order or rule directing some act to be done in favor of the applicant.
- Let a good man obey every good motion rising in his heart, knowing that every such motion proceeds from God.
(music) Change of pitch in successive sounds, whether in the same part or in groups of parts. (Conjunct motion'' is that by single degrees of the scale. ''Contrary motion'' is when parts move in opposite directions. ''Disjunct motion'' is motion by skips. ''Oblique motion'' is when one part is stationary while another moves. ''Similar'' or ''direct motion is when parts move in the same direction.)
(obsolete) A puppet, or puppet show.
* Beaumont and Fletcher
- The independent motions of different parts sounding together constitute counterpoint.
- What motion' s this? the model of Nineveh?
* (state of progression from one place to another) movement
* (change from one place to another) move, movement
* Brownian motion
* perpetual motion
* perpetual motion machine
To gesture indicating a desired movement.
(proscribed) To introduce a motion in parliamentary procedure.
To make a proposal; to offer plans.
- He motioned for me to come closer.
The parliamentary sense is incorrectly used by people who are not familiar with parliamentary procedure. They might say "I motion that such-and-such"—however, it would be correct to say "I move that such-and-such".
To steal or snatch.
* 1968 , , 00:48:18:
- Hey! Who swiped my lunch?
To scan or register by sliding something through a reader.
- "Maybe I could swipe some Tintex from the five-and-dime."
To grab or bat quickly.
- He swiped his card at the door.
- The cat swiped at the shoelace.
(countable) A quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; A sweep.
(countable) A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club.
(countable, informal) A rough guess; an estimate or swag.
(uncountable) Poor, weak beer; small beer.
- Take a swipe at the answer, even if you're not sure.