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