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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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  • locomotion becomes feeble and tottering, the voice harsh, the intellect obtuse and powerless, and all the senses blunted.

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  • The ever-increasing power of locomotion may join the extremes of earth.

    The Republic Plato
  • This was an unwieldy and cumbersome medium of locomotion, but it rendered good service, nevertheless.

  • With the first streak of day I sallied out to find the means of locomotion.

    Among the Pines James R. Gilmore
  • Having recovered her power of locomotion, Lucile dashed for the outer door.

  • locomotion comes next, and with it the instinct to creep and walk.

    The Mind and Its Education George Herbert Betts
  • The Lamellibranchiata are without a head, and almost entirely destitute of power of locomotion.

  • This apparatus combines the functions of locomotion and respiration.

    Our Common Insects Alpheus Spring Packard
  • Restrictions were imposed on their locomotion, but without much practical restraint.

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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