Synonyms for 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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