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1the action or process of moving or being moved:the laws of planetary motion a cushioned shoe that doesn’t restrict motion a gesture:she made a motion with her free hand a piece of moving mechanism. 2a formal proposal put to a legislature or committee:the head of our commission made a motion that we rewrite the constitution Law an application for a rule or order of court.
verb [with object]
1direct or command (someone) with a movement of the hand or head:he motioned Dennis to a plush chair [with object and infinitive]:he motioned the young officer to sit down [no object]:he motioned for a time out 2 [no object] make a proposal in a deliberative or legislative body: [with clause]:she recognized the majority leader, who motioned that the body adjourn