Synonyms of motion


1. gesture, motion, visual communication

usage: the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals

2. movement, motion, happening, occurrence, occurrent, natural event

usage: a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

3. motion, movement, move, motility, change

usage: 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"

4. motion, state

usage: a state of change; "they were in a state of steady motion"

5. motion, question, proposal

usage: 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"

6. motion, movement, move, change

usage: 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"

7. apparent motion, motion, apparent movement, movement, optical illusion

usage: 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"


1. gesticulate, gesture, motion, communicate, intercommunicate

usage: show, express or direct through movement; "He gestured his desire to leave"

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Definition and meaning of motion (Dictionary)