• A state of progression from one place to another.
  • A change of position with respect to time.
  • A change from one place to another.
  • A parliamentary action to propose something. A similar procedure in any official or business meeting.
  • An entertainment or show, especially a puppet show.
  • from κίνησις (kinesis); any change. Traditionally of four types: generation and corruption, alteration, augmentation and diminution, and change of place.
  • Movement of the mind, desires, or passions; mental act, or impulse to any action; internal activity.
  • A formal request, oral or written, made to a judge or court of law to obtain an official court ruling or order for a legal action to be taken by, or on behalf of, the movant.
  • A movement of the bowels; the product of such movement.
  • 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.)
  • A puppet, or puppet show.
  • A piece of moving mechanism, such as on a steam locomotive.



  • From Middle English mocioun, mocion, from Anglo-Norman motion, Middle French motion, and their etymon Latin motio, related to moveo, from Proto-Indo-European *mew- ("to move").

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