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 Dictionary entry overview: What does motility mean? 

  The noun MOTILITY has 2 senses:

1. ability to move spontaneously and independently
2. a change of position that does not entail a change of location

  Familiarity information: MOTILITY used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1motility [BACK TO TOP]


Ability to move spontaneously and independently

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("motility" is a kind of...):

mobility (the quality of moving freely)


immotility (lacking an ability to move)

Sense 2motility [BACK TO TOP]


A change of position that does not entail a change of location

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


movement; motility; motion; move

Context examples:

the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise / movement is a sign of life / an impatient move of his hand / gastrointestinal motility

Hypernyms ("motility" is a kind of...):

change (the action of changing something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "motility"):

eurhythmics; eurhythmy; eurythmics; eurythmy (the interpretation in harmonious bodily movements of the rhythm of musical compositions; used to teach musical understanding)

snap (the act of snapping the fingers; movement of a finger from the tip to the base of the thumb on the same hand)

posing; sitting ((photography) the act of assuming a certain position (as for a photograph or portrait))

sitting (the act of assuming or maintaining a seated position)

closing; shutting (the act of closing something)

rotary motion; rotation (the act of rotating as if on an axis)

retroflection; retroflexion (the act of bending backward)

retraction (the act of pulling or holding or drawing a part back)

reclining (the act of assuming or maintaining a reclining position)

squat; squatting (the act of assuming or maintaining a crouching position with the knees bent and the buttocks near the heels)

sweep (a movement in an arc)

squirm; wiggle; wriggle (the act of wiggling)

stroke (a single complete movement)

span; straddle (the act of sitting or standing astride)

standing (the act of assuming or maintaining an erect upright position)

flicker; flutter; waver (the act of moving back and forth)

wave (a movement like that of a sudden occurrence or increase in a specified phenomenon)

quiver; quivering; vibration (the act of vibrating)

toss (an abrupt movement)

reciprocation (alternating back-and-forth movement)

reach; reaching; stretch (the act of physically reaching or thrusting out)

prostration (the act of assuming a prostrate position)

gesture (motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling)

dart; flit (a sudden quick movement)

fetal movement; foetal movement (motion of a fetus within the uterus (usually detected by the 16th week of pregnancy))

disturbance (the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion)

circumduction (a circular movement of a limb or eye)

body English (a motion of the body by a player as if to make an object already propelled go in the desired direction)

agitation (the act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously))

adduction ((physiology) moving of a body part toward the central axis of the body)

headshake; headshaking (the act of turning your head left and right to signify denial or disbelief or bemusement)

inclination; inclining (the act of inclining; bending forward)

opening (the act of opening something)

eye movement (the movement of the eyes)

lurch; pitch; pitching (abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance))

kneel; kneeling (supporting yourself on your knees)

kick; kicking (a rhythmic thrusting movement of the legs as in swimming or calisthenics)

jerk; jerking; jolt; saccade (an abrupt spasmodic movement)

inversion; upending (turning upside down; setting on end)

eversion; everting; inversion (the act of turning inside out)

abduction ((physiology) moving of a body part away from the central axis of the body)

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