Definition of Locomotion

1. Noun. The power or ability to move.

Exact synonyms: Motive Power, Motivity
Generic synonyms: Mobility
Derivative terms: Locomote, Locomotive, Motive

2. Noun. Self-propelled movement.
Exact synonyms: Travel
Generic synonyms: Motion, Move, Movement
Specialized synonyms: Brachiation, Walk, Walking, Step, Gait, Run, Running, Jog, Lope, Trot, Crawl, Crawling, Creep, Creeping, Circle, Circuit, Lap, Dance Step, Step, Stroke
Derivative terms: Locomote, Locomotive, Travel

Definition of Locomotion

1. n. The act of moving from place to place.

Definition of Locomotion

1. Noun. The ability to move or the act of moving from place to place. ¹

2. Noun. (biology) Self-powered motion by which a whole organism changes its location through walking, running, jumping, crawling, swimming or flying. ¹

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Definition of Locomotion

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Medical Definition of Locomotion

1. Term used by some authors to distinguish movement of cells from place to place from movements such as flattening, shape change, cytokinesis etc. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Locomotion

loco disease
locomotion (current term)
locomotive engine
locomotive engineer
locomotor ataxia

Literary usage of Locomotion

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1853)
"By AA VERNEUIL, MD The locomotion of the heart, remarks Dr. Verneuil, ... This locomotion is composed of several successive acts, which we will now pass in ..."

2. Strasburger's Text-book of Botany by Eduard Strasburger, Hans Fitting (1921)
"Movements of locomotion and movements of curvature have thus ... I. MOVEMENTS OF locomotion (w) A. Mechanism of Movements of locomotion ..."

3. Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1888)
"According to this view bilateral symmetry is associated with and due to progressive locomotion. This generalization is supported by the following ..."

4. The Useful Arts: Considered in Connexion with the Applications of Science by Jacob Bigelow (1853)
"Motion of Animals, Inertia, Aids to locomotion, Wheel Carnages, Wheels, Rollers, Size of Wheels, Line of Traction, Broad Wheels, Form of Wheels, Axletrees, ..."

5. Principles of Zoölogy: Touching the Structure, Development, Distribution by Louis Agassiz, Augustus Addison Gould (1870)
"30. tail, which is the part principally employed in locomotion. SECTION II. OF locomotion. 163. One of the most curious and important applic itions of this ..."

6. A Manual of Zoology by Richard Hertwig (1902)
"I. Organs of locomotion. Voluntary locomotion.—The power to change their location voluntarily is a peculiarity so prominent, in animals that to the general ..."

7. Medical jurisprudence by Alfred Swaine Taylor, Edward Hartshorne (1861)
"INDICATIVE OF VOLITION AND locomotion—INJURIES TO THE HEAD NOT IMMEDIATELY ... The question relative to the power of exercising volition and locomotion, ..."

8. A History of England and the British Empire by Arthur Donald Innes (1915)
"Steam locomotion was effectively inaugurated by the opening of the Manchester and Liverpool railway in 1830. Steam loco- Beginnings motion solved the ..."

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