motile


motile
1. Having the power of spontaneous movement. 2. Denoting the type of mental imagery in which one learns and recalls most readily that which has been felt, i.e., having a kinesthetic representational system. Cf.:audile. 3. A person having such mental imagery. [see motion]

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mo·tile 'mōt-əl, 'mō-.tīl adj exhibiting or capable of movement <\motile cilia>
motile n a person whose prevailing mental imagery is motor rather than visual or auditory and takes the form of inner feelings of action compare AUDILE, TACTILE, VISUALIZER

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adj.
being able to move spontaneously, without external aid: usually applied to a microorganism or a cell (e.g. a sperm cell).

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mo·tile (moґtəl) (moґtīl) having spontaneous but not conscious or volitional movement.

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  • Motile — Mo tile, a. [See {Motive}.] 1. (Biol.) Exhibiting, or capable of, spontaneous movement; as, motile bacteria, motile protozoa, motile cilia, motile spores, etc. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC] 2. Producing motion; as, motile powers. [Webster 1913 Suppl …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Motile — Mo tile, n. (Psychol.) A person whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action, such as incipient pronunciation of words, muscular innervations, etc. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • motile — index moving (in motion) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • motile — (adj.) capable of movement, 1831, back formation from MOTILITY (Cf. motility) …   Etymology dictionary

  • motile — [mōt′ l] adj. [< L motus, pp. of movere, to MOVE + ILE] Biol. capable of or exhibiting spontaneous motion motility [mō til′ə tē] n …   English World dictionary

  • motile — motility /moh til i tee/, n. /moht l, moh til/, adj. Biol. moving or capable of moving spontaneously: motile cells; motile spores. [1860 65; < L mot(us) (ptp. of movere to move, set in motion) + ILE] * * * …   Universalium

  • motile — mo•tile [[t]ˈmoʊt l, ˈmoʊ tɪl[/t]] adj. bio Biol. moving or capable of moving spontaneously: motile cells; motile spores[/ex] • Etymology: 1860–65; < L mō , var. s. of movēre to move+ tilis tile mo•til′i•ty, n …   From formal English to slang

  • motile — /ˈmoʊtaɪl/ (say mohtuyl) –adjective 1. Biology moving, or capable of moving, spontaneously: motile cells; motile spores. –noun 2. Psychology someone in whose mind motor images are predominant or especially distinct. {Latin mōtus, past participle …   Australian English dictionary

  • motile — adjective /ˈməʊtaɪl/ a) having the power to move spontaneously , 1993: It seemed to him that, if there were a Holy Trinity as the churches taught, this must be unified through a manner of capillary action, Father merging into Son and both into… …   Wiktionary

  • motile — I. adjective Etymology: Latin motus, past participle of movēre Date: circa 1859 exhibiting or capable of movement • motility noun II. noun Date: 1886 a person whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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