Definition of perpetuum mobile in English:

perpetuum mobile

Line breaks: per|pet¦uum mo¦bile
Pronunciation: /pəːˌpɛtjʊəm ˈməʊbɪleɪ
 
, ˈməʊbɪli/

noun

  • 1 another term for perpetual motion.
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    • His preoccupations caricature Fedor's preoccupation with infinity by reducing what is for Fedor a kind of otherworldly transcendence to the pragmatism of a perpetuum mobile.
    • Tito's perpetuum mobile kept rotating during the stagnant 1970s.
    • We are amused by purported perpetuum mobile devices.
  • 2 Music another term for moto perpetuo.
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    • Other 20th-century composers, for instance Honegger, Martin, and Prokofiev, wrote toccatas in perpetuum mobile style, following the example of Schumann.
    • Op. 54 is in two movements, minuet and a kind of perpetuum mobile, often referred to as a toccata: its form and style can't be found elsewhere in Beethoven.

Origin

Latin, literally 'continuously moving (thing)', on the pattern of primum mobile.

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