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 for motion
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Motion \Mo"tion\, n. [F., fr. L. motio, fr. movere, motum, to
     move. See Move.]
     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.
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              Speaking or mute, all comeliness and grace
              attends thee, and each word, each motion, forms.
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     2. Power of, or capacity for, motion.
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              Devoid of sense and motion.           --Milton.
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     3. Direction of movement; course; tendency; as, the motion of
        the planets is from west to east.
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              In our proper motion we ascend.       --Milton.
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     4. Change in the relative position of the parts of anything;
        action of a machine with respect to the relative movement
        of its parts.
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              This is the great wheel to which the clock owes its
              motion.                               --Dr. H. More.
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     5. Movement of the mind, desires, or passions; mental act, or
        impulse to any action; internal activity.
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              Let a good man obey every good motion rising in his
              heart, knowing that every such motion proceeds from
              God.                                  --South.
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     6. A proposal or suggestion looking to action or progress;
        esp., a formal proposal made in a deliberative assembly;
        as, a motion to adjourn.
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              Yes, I agree, and thank you for your motion. --Shak.
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     7. (Law) 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.
        --Mozley & W.
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     8. (Mus.) Change of pitch in successive sounds, whether in
        the same part or in groups of parts.
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              The independent motions of different parts sounding
              together constitute counterpoint.     --Grove.
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     Note: Conjunct motion is that by single degrees of the scale.
           Contrary motion is that when parts move in opposite
           directions. Disjunct motion is motion by skips. Oblique
           motion is that when one part is stationary while
           another moves. Similar or direct motion is that when
           parts move in the same direction.
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     9. A puppet show or puppet. [Obs.]
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              What motion's this? the model of Nineveh? --Beau. &
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     Note: Motion, in mechanics, may be simple or compound.
     Simple+motions+are:+({a">Simple motions are: ({a) straight translation, which, if
        of indefinite duration, must be reciprocating. ({b)
        Simple rotation, which may be either continuous or
        reciprocating, and when reciprocating is called
        oscillating. ({c) Helical, which, if of indefinite
        duration, must be reciprocating.
     Compound motion consists of combinations of any of the
        simple motions.
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     Center of motion, Harmonic motion, etc. See under
        Center, Harmonic, etc.
     Motion block (Steam Engine), a crosshead.
     Perpetual motion (Mech.), an incessant motion conceived to
        be attainable by a machine supplying its own motive forces
        independently of any action from without. According to the
        law of conservation of energy, such perpetual motion is
        impossible, and no device has yet been built that is
        capable of perpetual motion.
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     Syn: See Movement.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Motion \Mo"tion\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Motioned; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Motioning.]
     1. To make a significant movement or gesture, as with the
        hand; as, to motion to one to take a seat.
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     2. To make proposal; to offer plans. [Obs.] --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Motion \Mo"tion\, v. t.
     1. To direct or invite by a motion, as of the hand or head;
        as, to motion one to a seat.
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     2. To propose; to move. [Obs.]
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              I want friends to motion such a matter. --Burton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the use of movements (especially of the hands) to
           communicate familiar or prearranged signals [syn:
           gesture, motion]
      2: a natural event that involves a change in the position or
         location of something [syn: movement, motion]
      3: a change of position that does not entail a change of
         location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his
         surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move
         of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility" [syn: motion,
         movement, move, motility]
      4: a state of change; "they were in a state of steady motion"
         [ant: lifelessness, motionlessness, stillness]
      5: a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly
         for discussion and vote; "he made a motion to adjourn"; "she
         called for the question" [syn: motion, question]
      6: the act of changing location from one place to another;
         "police controlled the motion of the crowd"; "the movement of
         people from the farms to the cities"; "his move put him
         directly in my path" [syn: motion, movement, move]
      7: an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid
         succession of still pictures of a moving object; "the cinema
         relies on apparent motion"; "the succession of flashing
         lights gave an illusion of movement" [syn: apparent motion,
         motion, apparent movement, movement]
      v 1: show, express or direct through movement; "He gestured his
           desire to leave" [syn: gesticulate, gesture, motion]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  154 Moby Thesaurus words for "motion":
     Zeitgeist, act, action, activeness, activism, activity, agitation,
     bearing, beck, beckon, bill, body language, business, calendar,
     carriage, change, charade, chironomy, clause, clockworks,
     commotion, commutation, companion bills amendment, course,
     crossing, current, dactylology, deaf-and-dumb alphabet, direction,
     doings, dragnet clause, drift, drive train, dumb show,
     enacting clause, escalator clause, flag, fluctuation, gait, gear,
     gesticulate, gesticulation, gesture, gesture language,
     glacial movement, globe-trotting, goad, going, goings-on,
     hand signal, hold-up bill, improper suggestion, impulse, incentive,
     indecent proposal, inducement, innards, instance, joker,
     journeying, kinesics, line, locomotion, machinery, main current,
     mainstream, measure, mechanism, militancy, mime, mobility,
     motility, motion to, motive, movability, move, movement, movements,
     moving, offering, omnibus bill, oscillation, pantomime, pass,
     passage, poise, political activism, pose, posture, power train,
     privileged question, procedure, proceeding, proceedings, process,
     progress, proposal, proposition, proviso, question, recommendation,
     request, resolution, rider, run, saving clause, saw the air,
     servomechanism, set, sexual advance, shift, shifting, shrug,
     shrug the shoulders, sign, sign language, signal, signalize,
     spring, spur, stance, step, stir, stirring, stream, submission,
     suggestion, sway, swing, tenor, the general tendency,
     the main course, time spirit, tone, tourism, touristry, traject,
     trajet, transit, travel, traveling, tread, trend, turbulence,
     turmoil, walk, watchworks, wave, wave the arms, wavering, wheels,
     wheels within wheels, workings, works

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  MOTION, practice. An application to a court by one of the parties in a 
  cause, or his counsel, in order to obtain some rule or order of court, which 
  he thinks becomes necessary in the progress of the cause, or to get relieved 
  in a summary manner, from some matter which would work injustice. 
       2. When the motion. is made on some matter of fact, it must be 
  supported by an affidavit that such facts are true; and for this purpose, 
  the party's affidavit will be received, though, it cannot be read on the 
  hearing. 1 Binn. R. 145; S. P. 2 Yeates' R. 546. Vide 3 Bl. Com. 304; 2 
  Sell. Pr. 356; 15 Vin. Ab. 495; Grah. Pr. 542; Smith's Ch. Pr. Index, h.t. 

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