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motoric Line breaks: mo|tor¦ic
Pronunciation: /məʊˈtɔːrɪk/

Definition of motoric in English:


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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  • The lead single 'Modern Driveway' has a dreamy motorik energy and an ultra-emotive melody.
  • The band's debut album won overwhelming critical acclaim, with fans swooning at their lysergic mixture of psychedelic textures and motorik rhythms.
  • 'Relativity' is a sprawling, psychedelic-flecked number, driven by a motorik pulse and surrounded by swirling organs and sheets of jagged guitars.


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

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