Pronunciation: (mō'shun), [key]
1. the action or process of moving or of changing place or position; movement.
2. power of movement, as of a living body.
3. the manner of moving the body in walking; gait.
4. a bodily movement or change of posture; gesture.
5. a proposal formally made to a deliberative assembly: to make a motion to adjourn.
6. Law.an application made to a court or judge for an order, ruling, or the like.
7. a suggestion or proposal.
8. an inward prompting or impulse; inclination: He will go only of his own motion.
9. Music.melodic progression, as the change of a voice part from one pitch to another.
a. a piece of mechanism with a particular action or function.
b. the action of such a mechanism.
11. go through the motions, to do something halfheartedly, routinely, or as a formality or façade.
12. in motion, in active operation; moving: The train was already in motion when he tried to board it.
to direct by a significant motion or gesture, as with the hand: to motion a person to a seat.
to make a meaningful motion, as with the hand; gesture; signal: to motion to someone to come.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.