- 1A decorative image or design, especially a repeated one forming a pattern: the colourful hand-painted motifs which adorn narrowboatsMore example sentences
- In addition to church furnishings and tombs, he specialized in the design of ornamental motifs, which he popularized in a series of engravings, 1548-77.
- Included are geometrics, florals and foliates, animals and nature motifs and other decorative repeat patterns.
- Crafted in gold or silver, medals were adorned with decorative motifs and appropriate inscriptions engraved by hand.
- 1.1A decorative device applied to a garment or textile: floral or other motifs are then appliquéd to net veilsMore example sentences
- Steamers are also found as a decorative motif on embroidered silk textiles.
- Satin mini-skirts abound in a range of wild colors, some embroidered with floral motifs.
- She was wearing black jeans, a red jumper with a lion motif and a black bodywarmer when she disappeared.
- 2A dominant or recurring idea in an artistic work: superstition is a recurring motif in the bookMore example sentences
- This distinctively narrative work presents a host of motifs that recur throughout Schreuders' printed works, including mermaids and sculpted figures.
- Chapter 1 introduces a series of motifs that recur in subsequent chapters and carry similar associations with them.
- There is no attempt to create a genre with recurring motifs like, for example, chick lit's shoes, sex, and Chardonnay.
- 2.1 Music A leitmotif or figure (see figure ( sense 5 of the noun)): in this opera, Verdi used identifying motifsMore example sentences
- Counterpoint and repetition of motifs provide cohesiveness and musical logic.
- His operas reveal careful dramatic planning, and his use of recurring themes and motifs frequently creates conceptual and musical unity within a work.
- The arrangements are intelligent without being fussy: tuneful refrains for cello and woodwind, beguiling motifs for piano and vibes, emotional guitar and restrained drums.
- 3 Biochemistry A distinctive sequence on a protein or DNA, having a three-dimensional structure that allows binding interactions to occur.More example sentences
- Early on, clustering was used to detect common three-dimensional structural motifs in proteins.
- Specifically, we defined two small but functionally important structural motifs within the Rux protein.
- Consequently, particular sets of correlated peptides serve to define particular sets of homologous protein motifs within the data set.
mid 19th century: from French.