(=movement) mouvement m
→ The bed swayed with the motion of the ship.
→ With a quick motion of her hands, she did her hair up in a knot.
to be in motion
[vehicle] être en marche
→ Do not try to board the vehicle once it is in motion
[process] être en route
→ His job as England manager begins in earnest now his World Cup campaign is in motion ...
to set in motion
[+process, event] mettre en marche
→ Her sharp, aggressive tone set in motion the events that led to her downfall.
→ Our desires in food are largely set in motion by our sense of smell
→ One group of muscles sets the next group in motion.
to set the wheels in motion
(=get things started) lancer le processus
to go through the motions
[person who doesn't really care] faire semblant
→ `You really don't care, do you?' she said quietly. `You're just going through the motions.'
to go through the motions of doing sth (fig) faire qch machinalement or sans conviction
→ The conference is now debating the motion and will vote shortly.
(British) bowel motion selles fpl
→ Motions normal?
→ Try to make sure your bowel motions are regular and that you avoid any constipation.
He motioned me in another direction. Il m'a fait signe de changer de direction.
He motioned me towards a chair. Il m'a indiqué une chaise du doigt.
to motion sb to do sth faire signe à qn de faire qch
→ The man tapped on the windscreen and motioned her to go away.
→ A number of gendarmes motioned drivers to slow down
(=signal) to motion for sb to do sth faire signe à qn de faire qch → she motioned for me to follow to motion to sb to do sth faire signe à qn de faire qch → Boylan motioned to Rudolph to sit down.
motion of censure
n (PARLIAMENT) motion f de censure
→ Labour brought a motion of censure on the Government's handling of the issue.
n film m
→ It was there that I saw my first motion picture.
n mal m des transports
perpetual motion , perpetual-motion
n mouvement m perpétuel
in slow motion au ralenti
n étude f ergonomique