Definition of motoric in English:

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Pronunciation: /məʊˈtɔːrɪk/


1 Physiology Relating to muscular movement: the infants' motoric and linguistic capabilities
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  • They changed the diagnosis to ADHD, once again recognizing the motoric aspects of the syndrome.
  • Research indicates that young children's ability to recall meaningful sentences is increased through motoric imagery (e.g., moving their bodies in space).
  • These conscious contents, in turn, when they are broadcast, can trigger motoric, memory, and associative activities.
2 (usually motorik) (Of music) marked by a repetitive beat suggestive of mechanized action or movement: the motorik pulse of 70's Krautrock
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  • Premiered in Berlin in 2005, the work is a flirtation with minimalism, or at least with the technique of motoric repetition in overlapping cycles or phases.
  • The band starts off sounding motoric, motorised, programmed, but later on the feeling gets more ethereal, dreamy and wistful.
  • The band fused the abrasive, amplified timbres and motoric rhythms of rock with the string and brass writing of the classical tradition.


Late 19th century: from motor + -ic, after German Motorik 'motor functions'.

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