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[loh-kuh-moh-shuh n] /ˌloʊ kəˈmoʊ ʃən/
the act or power of moving from place to place.
Origin of locomotion
1640-50; see locomotive, motion Unabridged
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Examples from the web for locomotion
  • Having created better legs for moving vertically, he turned his attention to ordinary, horizontal locomotion.
  • Snakes have bodies and methods of locomotion perfect for situations where limbs would be a disadvantage.
  • Apes, on the other hand, have long fingers for grasping branches and locomotion.
  • By far the strangest aspect of this report was the reported locomotion.
  • The motivation for such undignified locomotion is to get as low as possible to photograph a once-in-a-century wildflower display.
  • Newly-discovered bones answer questions about fossil primate locomotion.
  • Trimmer suggests that much of the secret of locomotion is inherent in the muscles and the body.
  • The secret to making human locomotion pay, it turns out, is to add the highest degree of technological complexity possible.
  • They also cause respiration and locomotion failures because protein functions cannot be fully carried out.
  • They have no central controllers and can evolve their own locomotion in realtime.
British Dictionary definitions for locomotion


the act, fact, ability, or power of moving
Word Origin
C17: from Latin locō from a place, ablative of locus place + motion
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Word Origin and History for locomotion

1640s, formed in English from Latin loco "from a place" (ablative of locus "place") + motionem (nominative motio) "motion, a moving."

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locomotion in Science
The movement of an organism from one place to another, often by the action of appendages such as flagella, limbs, or wings. In some animals, such as fish, locomotion results from a wavelike series of muscle contractions.
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