One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1another term for perpetual motion
- ‘His preoccupations caricature Fedor's preoccupation with infinity by reducing what is for Fedor a kind of otherworldly transcendence to the pragmatism of a perpetuum mobile.’
- ‘Tito's perpetuum mobile kept rotating during the stagnant 1970s.’
- ‘We are amused by purported perpetuum mobile devices.’
2Musicanother term for moto perpetuo
- ‘Op. 54 is in two movements, minuet and a kind of perpetuum mobile, often referred to as a toccata: its form and style can't be found elsewhere in Beethoven.’
- ‘Other 20th-century composers, for instance Honegger, Martin, and Prokofiev, wrote toccatas in perpetuum mobile style, following the example of Schumann.’
Latin, literally ‘continuously moving (thing)’, on the pattern of primum mobile.
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