Definition of locomotion in English:



  • Movement or the ability to move from one place to another.

    ‘the muscles that are concerned with locomotion’
    ‘he preferred walking to other forms of locomotion’
    • ‘The walking gait maneuver is the body's natural means of locomotion.’
    • ‘At the first level, one asks how a propulsor is built and how it moves during locomotion.’
    • ‘The central experience of aerial locomotion, however, has been so well designed that you can happily spend an hour just swinging around.’
    • ‘Though rarely seen, it appears always to be close at hand and never at a loss for means of locomotion and transport.’
    • ‘As her pain made locomotion distressing, the father had to carry his daughter home.’
    • ‘In salamanders, both swimming and ambulatory locomotion involves lateral body bending.’
    • ‘The transition to axial locomotion occurs at near maximum sustained swimming speed.’
    • ‘The history of this area is bound up in locomotion.’
    • ‘If you were to place a bicycle wheel on a stool in a museum you'd be talking about the properties of locomotion - how the wheel interacts with the stool.’
    • ‘However, the transition from cursorial to aerial locomotion and maneuvering was not as simple as growing large wings.’
    • ‘We, as bipeds, creatures with two legs, move with bipedal locomotion.’
    • ‘They're graceful in the trees, and their method of locomotion on the ground can only be described as ‘having it large’.’
    • ‘This form of bipedal locomotion is a waddling gait.’
    • ‘Higher-level control of locomotion seems to be more important for humans than for cats.’
    • ‘This freed their hands for purposes other than locomotion.’
    • ‘Adult cats also have the ability to express hindlimb locomotion after complete spinalisation.’
    • ‘The next step in animal locomotion is to subject animals to perturbations and reveal the function of all their parts.’
    • ‘It resembles no natural form of locomotion I can think of.’
    • ‘These life forms most likely have appendages for the purpose of locomotion.’
    • ‘Can the central nervous system learn to change the timing of activation of muscles in order to generate proper locomotion?’
    movement, motion, moving, shifting, stirring, action
    travel, travelling
    mobility, motility
    walking, ambulation, perambulation, running
    progress, progression, passage, transit, transport, headway
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Mid 17th century: from Latin loco, ablative of locus place + motion (see motion).