An oral or written request that a party makes to the court for a ruling or an order on a particular point A "motion to reduce bail" asks the court to lower the amount of bail needed to release the defendant from custody and guarantee that he or she will appear in court when required A "motion to release on own recognizance (OR)" asks the court to let a defendant go without paying bail if the defendant agrees to appear when the court tells him or her to A "motion to set" asks the judge to set a date for a future trial A "motion to quash" asks the court to make something void or ineffective, such as to quash a subpoena
A formal suggestion, usually oral, made by a legislator to a presiding officer calling for specific action by a house of the General Assembly, such as a motion to adopt an amendment or a motion to adjourn After a motion is officially received by the presiding officer, it is acted upon by a vote of the house
Motion is the activity or process of continually changing position or moving from one place to another. the laws governing light, sound, and motion One group of muscles sets the next group in motion The wind from the car's motion whipped her hair around her head. = movement
If you say that someone is going through the motions, you think they are only saying or doing something because it is expected of them without being interested, enthusiastic, or sympathetic. `You really don't care, do you?' she said quietly. `You're just going through the motions.'
If someone sets the wheels in motion, they take the necessary action to make something start happening. I have set the wheels in motion to sell Endsleigh Court. to give someone directions or instructions by moving your hand or head = signal motion (for) sb to do sth. Change in position of a body relative to another body or with respect to a frame of reference or coordinate system. Motion occurs along a definite path, the nature of which determines the character of the motion. Translational motion occurs if all points in a body have similar paths relative to another body. Rotational motion occurs when any line on a body changes its orientation relative to a line on another body. Motion relative to a moving body, such as motion on a moving train, is called relative motion. Indeed, all motions are relative, but motions relative to the Earth or to any body fixed to the Earth are often assumed to be absolute, as the effects of the Earth's motion are usually negligible. See also Brownian motion; periodic motion; simple harmonic motion; simple motion; uniform circular motion. Brownian motion motion picture motion sickness motion equation of Newton's laws of motion periodic motion proper motion retrograde motion simple harmonic motion time and motion study uniform circular motion Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America
In the House or Senate chamber, a request by a member to institute any one of a wide array of parliamentary actions The member "moves" for a certain procedure, such as the consideration of a measure The precedence of motions, and whether they are debatable, is set forth in the House and Senate manuals
an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object; "the cinema relies on apparent motion"; "the succession of flashing lights gave an illusion of movement"
If you motion to someone, you move your hand or head as a way of telling them to do something or telling them where to go. She motioned for the locked front doors to be opened He stood aside and motioned Don to the door I motioned him to join us He motioned to her to go behind the screen. = signal, gesture see also slow motion, time and motion
An oral or written request made by a party to the court for a ruling or an order on a particular point A motion to reduce bail is a request to decrease the amount of bail needed to guarantee that the defendant will appear in court when required A motion to release on own recognizance is the request to release a defendant, without bail, dependent upon agreement to appear when the court so orders A motion to set is an application made to the judge to set a date for a future trial A motion to quash is a request to make something null or ineffective, such as to quash a subpoena
a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"
If a process or event is in motion, it is happening. If it is set in motion, it is happening or beginning to happen. His job as England manager begins in earnest now his World Cup campaign is in motion Her sharp, aggressive tone set in motion the events that led to her downfall
A motion is a formal proposal or statement in a meeting, debate, or trial, which is discussed and then voted on or decided on. The conference is now debating the motion and will vote on it shortly Opposition parties are likely to bring a no-confidence motion against the government
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