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1 motion /ˈmoʊʃən/ noun
plural motions
1 motion
plural motions
Learner's definition of MOTION
: an act or process of moving : movement动;移动;运动
see also slow motion
[count] : a movement of your body or of a part of your body(身体或身体某部分的)动作;手势
: a formal suggestion or proposal that is made at a meeting for something to be done提议;动议
law : a formal request made to a court of law or judge for something to be done or happen(向法院或法官提出的)请求,申请
[count] British, medical
: an act of passing solid waste from the body : a bowel movement排便
: the solid waste that is passed from the body粪便

go through the motions

: to do something without making much effort to do it well敷衍;走过场;装样子

in motion

: moving运动;移动
◊ When something, such as a plan or process, is in motion or has been set in motion or put in/into motion, it has begun and is proceeding.(使)开始,启动

poetry in motion

see poetry
2 motion /ˈmoʊʃən/ verb
motions; motioned; motioning
2 motion
motions; motioned; motioning
Learner's definition of MOTION
: to make a movement of your hand, head, etc., that tells someone to move or act in a certain way(以手、头等)示意
[+ object]
[no object]


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mo·​tion ˈmō-shən How to pronounce motion (audio)
: an act, process, or instance of changing place : movement
a pendulum in motion
: an active or functioning state or condition
set the divorce proceedings in motion
: an impulse or inclination of the mind or will
the fundamental motions of humanity to good or evil T. S. Eliot
: a proposal for action
especially : a formal proposal made in a deliberative assembly
made a motion that the meeting be adjourned
: an application made to a court or judge to obtain an order, ruling, or direction
His motion for a new trial was denied.
: a puppet show
: puppet
: an act or instance of moving the body or its parts : gesture
signaled with a motion of his arm
motions plural : activities, movements
taking advantage of the night to conceal his motions
: melodic change of pitch
ˈmō-shnəl How to pronounce motion (audio)
motionless adjective
motionlessly adverb
motionlessness noun


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motioned; motioning ˈmō-sh(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce motion (audio)

intransitive verb

: to signal by a movement or gesture
the pitcher motioned to the catcher

transitive verb

: to direct by a motion
motioned me to the seat
in motion
American Football, of an offensive player : running parallel to the line of scrimmage before the snap

Example Sentences

Noun She has a simple golf swing with no wasted motion. the rhythmic motions of the waves He caught the ball and flipped it back to me in one fluid motion. The wax should be applied using a circular motion. He made hand motions to get our attention. She made a motion calling for the repeal of the law. Her motion was voted on. His lawyer filed a motion for a mistrial. The judge denied a motion to delay the hearing. Verb The guard motioned us through the gate. She motioned to her assistant. She motioned at the empty chair beside her and told me to sit down. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Their crisscrossing lines create the interference pattern known as moiré, which appears to be in motion as the viewer moves. Laura Rysman, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2022 Today, Prince Charles became King upon the moment of his mother's death, and the wheels of tradition were set in motion almost immediately. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, 8 Sep. 2022 Trump’s tweet set in motion a sequence of events that first saw Rep. Jim Jordan consider, but decide against running for governor. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 7 Sep. 2022 What set all this in motion was Idaho State losing two of its secondary coaches, including one, DaVonte’ Neal, who was dismissed in June after being charged with the 2017 murder of an Arizona man. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Sep. 2022 Truss, 47, defeated Rishi Sunak, a former chancellor of the Exchequer, whose resignation in July set in motion Johnson’s ouster. Stephen Castle, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Sep. 2022 While a large party and a hunting trip in the Kingswood to celebrate the prince's second birthday played out, schemes were put in motion — namely by the King's Hand, Ser Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans). Ryan Parker, Peoplemag, 4 Sep. 2022 The idea of this pope constantly in motion, circling the globe, fascinated me. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 2 Sep. 2022 The Broward County Gator Club plans to go in motion, rotating their game-watch venues through the season. Ben Crandell, Sun Sentinel, 1 Sep. 2022
The former governor's legal team will motion to have the charges against the governor dismissed based on the opinion, a spokesperson told the Detroit Free Press Tuesday. Lauren Del Valle, CNN, 28 June 2022 According to a plea agreement dated March 17, Reeder pleaded guilty to one count of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building, and the government will motion for the other charges against him to be dropped at his sentencing hearing. baltimoresun.com, 10 Aug. 2021 Every now and then, a teammate will motion directions in between drills. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, 7 Jan. 2021 Trubisky tried to motion Mooney back toward the middle of the field but ultimately launched a trust throw into Soldier Field’s north end zone. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, 22 Sep. 2020 But when the Falcons motion their fullback left, Bosa decreases his split from a 7 to a 6i. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, 20 Aug. 2020 DeWine handed the microphone to Acton, dressed in a dark suit, and had to motion her toward the podium. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, 13 June 2020 The push, the pulls’ At the Emergency Operations Center, Fire Chief Charles Hood motioned for Emerick to step out of a meeting of the testing task force and into the central command space. Brian Chasnoff, ExpressNews.com, 16 May 2020 Tatum motioned to Gordon Hayward, who caught a pass well beyond the left arc with 14 seconds left. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Mar. 2020 See More

Word History


Noun and Verb

Middle English mocioun, from Anglo-French motion, from Latin motion-, motio movement, from movēre to move

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1747, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of motion was in the 14th century


1movement運動ADJECTIVE | VERB + MOTION | MOTION + NOUN | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADJECTIVEsmooth, steady平滑/平穩運動quick, rapid, swift快速運動gentle輕柔的運動circular, rocking, rolling, sliding, swaying, sweeping, twisting環繞運動;晃動;滾動;滑動;擺動;揮動;扭動bending, swinging, throwing, etc.彎曲、搖擺、投擲等運動He made throwing motions with his hands.他雙手做投擲動作。rhythmic有節奏的運動graceful優雅的動作jerky顛簸的運動exaggerated誇張的動作constant, continuous勻速的/連續運動repetitive反複的運動backward, downward, forward, upward向後的/向下的/向前的/向上的運動side-to-side側向運動anticlockwise, clockwise, counterclockwise (NAmE) 逆時針運動;順時針運動perpetual永恆運動the search for the secret of perpetual motion對永恆運動之謎的探求VERB + MOTIONfeel感覺到運動She could feel the rolling motion of the ship under her feet.她能感覺到腳下船在晃動。detect察覺運動make, perform做動作He made little flapping motions with his arms.他做出雙臂輕輕擺動的動作。repeat重複動作mimic, simulate模仿動作;模擬運動reverse逆向運動restrict限制運動Too tight a grip will restrict the natural motion in your hands.抓得太緊會限制雙手的自然運動。MOTION + NOUNdetector, sensor運動探測器/傳感器exercise運動鍛煉After surgery, patients should begin a range of motion exercises for the elbow.手術以後,病人應該開始一系列的肘部運動鍛煉。PREPOSITIONinto motion動起來The insects are stirred into motion by the heat of the sun.火熱的太陽使昆蟲紛紛開始活動起來。in motion運動中Do not open the door when the train is in motion.列車行駛時不要打開車門。PHRASESin a circular, smooth, etc. motion正在進行圓周、平滑等運動set sth in motion使⋯開始運動


2suggestion提議VERB + MOTION | MOTION + VERB | PHRASES VERB + MOTIONintroduce (especially NAmE) , propose, put (BrE) , put forward (BrE) , table (= present) (BrE) 提出動議;提出動議供討論Only delegates may introduce motions and vote.只有代表可以提出動議並投票表決。The motion was put before the conference.動議被提交大會審議。The board tabled a motion calling for her resignation.董事會提出動議,要求她辭職。debate, discuss就動議展開辯論;討論動議The motion will be debated later today.今天晚些時候將討論這項動議。vote on對動議進行表決be in favour/favor of, second, speak in favour/favor of, support, vote for贊成動議;附議贊成動議;支持動議;對動議投贊成票accept (especially BrE) , adopt, approve, carry, pass接受動議;採納動議;批准動議;通過動議The motion was passed by 165 votes to 78.這項動議以 165 票對 78 票獲得通過。be against, oppose, speak against, vote against反對動議;發言反對動議;投票反對動議defeat, reject否決/拒絕審議動議The motion was defeated by 51 votes to 43.這項動議以 51 票對 43 票被否決。table (= postpone) (NAmE) 擱置動議MOTION + VERBbe carried (BrE) , carry (NAmE) 動議被表決通過;動議通過The motion (was) carried.動議(被)通過了。PHRASESa motion of no confidence (especially BrE) 不信任動議He proposed a motion of no confidence in the government.他提出了對政府的不信任動議。
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0_0: Translations of Motion
  • # n.
    動力: force, motion, power, propulsion
    動議: motion, proposal
    動作: action, motion, movement
    示意: hint, motion, signal
    提案: draft resolution, motion, proposal
    提議: motion, proposal, suggestion
    議案: action, activity, advice, application, bill, counsel
    運動: athletics, campaign, crusade, motion, move, movement

0_0: Definitions of Motion
  • # noun.
    - the action or process of moving or being moved.
    * the laws of planetary motion
    - a formal proposal put to a legislature or committee.
    * the head of our commission made a motion that we rewrite the constitution
  • # verb.
    - direct or command (someone) with a movement of the hand or head.
    * he motioned Dennis to a plush chair
    - propose for discussion and resolution at a meeting or legislative assembly.
    * a resolution, motioned by Adam Tyler, proposed that members without a CCL could still belong to the association

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