motion ( motions plural & 3rd person present) ( motioning present participle) ( motioned past tense & past participle )
1 n-uncount Motion is the activity or process of continually changing position or moving from one place to another.
...the laws governing light, sound, and motion..., One group of muscles sets the next group in motion..., The wind from the car's motion whipped her hair around her head.
2 n-count A motion is an action, gesture, or movement.
usu with supp
He made a neat chopping motion with his hand.
3 n-count A motion is a formal proposal or statement in a meeting, debate, or trial, which is discussed and then voted on or decided on.
The conference is now debating the motion and will vote on it shortly..., Opposition parties are likely to bring a no-confidence motion against the government...
4 verb If you motion to someone, you move your hand or head as a way of telling them to do something or telling them where to go.
She motioned for the locked front doors to be opened... V for n to-inf
He stood aside and motioned Don to the door... V n prep/adv
I motioned him to join us... V n to-inf
He motioned to her to go behind the screen. V to n to-inf
time and motion
6 If you say that someone is going through the motions, you think they are only saying or doing something because it is expected of them without being interested, enthusiastic, or sympathetic.
go through the motions phrase V inflects
`You really don't care, do you?' she said quietly. `You're just going through the motions.'
7 If a process or event is in motion, it is happening. If it is set in motion, it is happening or beginning to happen.
in motion phrase usu v-link PHR, PHR after v
His job as England manager begins in earnest now his World Cup campaign is in motion..., Her sharp, aggressive tone set in motion the events that led to her downfall.
8 If someone sets the wheels in motion, they take the necessary action to make something start happening.
set the wheels in motion phrase V inflects
I have set the wheels in motion to sell Endsleigh Court.