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Definition of Motion


  1. The act, process, or state of changing place or position; movement; the passing of a body from one place or position to another, whether voluntary or involuntary; -- opposed to rest.
  2. Power of, or capacity for, motion.
  3. Direction of movement; course; tendency; as, the motion of the planets is from west to east.
  4. Change in the relative position of the parts of anything; action of a machine with respect to the relative movement of its parts.
  5. Movement of the mind, desires, or passions; mental act, or impulse to any action; internal activity.
  6. A proposal or suggestion looking to action or progress; esp., a formal proposal made in a deliberative assembly; as, a motion to adjourn.
  7. 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.
  8. Change of pitch in successive sounds, whether in the same part or in groups of parts.
  9. A puppet show or puppet.
  10. To make a significant movement or gesture, as with the hand; as, to motion to one to take a seat.
  11. To make proposal; to offer plans.
  12. To direct or invite by a motion, as of the hand or head; as, to motion one to a seat.
  13. To propose; to move.

Motion Quotations

The connection to place, to the land, the wind, the sun, stars, the moon... it sounds romantic, but it's true - the visceral experience of motion, of moving through time on some amazing machine - a few cars touch on it, but not too many compared to motorcycles. I always felt that any motorcycle journey was special.
Antoine Predock

Look at what you want to change, gather a few people who believe in it like you do, and start moving forward. It's important to remember that you don't always need a destination. Sometimes, you just have to make forward motion. And you absolutely can.
Debby Ryan

Never mistake motion for action. - Ernest Hemingway
Never mistake motion for action.
Ernest Hemingway

If you want a robot to maneuver aggressively, it has to be small. As you scale things down, the 'moment of inertia' - the resistance to angular motion - drops dramatically.
Vijay Kumar

It is in the admission of ignorance and the admission of uncertainty that there is a hope for the continuous motion of human beings in some direction that doesn't get confined, permanently blocked, as it has so many times before in various periods in the history of man.
Richard P. Feynman
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Motion Translations

motion in Dutch is motie, resolutie
motion in German is Bewegung, Antrag {m}
motion in Italian is movimento
motion in Portuguese is movimento
motion in Spanish is movimiento
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