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[moh-shuh n-lis] /ˈmoʊ ʃən lɪs/
without motion:
a motionless statue.
Origin of motionless
1590-1600; motion + -less
Related forms
motionlessly, adverb
motionlessness, noun
still, stationary, unmoving, inert, stable, fixed, quiescent, quiet.
active. Unabridged
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  • And could either be motionless or moving about randomly, depending on the wind that day.
  • Other dangerous locations include hollows and low, enclosed areas that catch cold air as it sinks, then hold it motionless.
  • The city is dotted with motionless construction cranes poised over the pits of abandoned projects.
  • Eight and a half years on, substantial investment in blood and treasure have produced too little too motionless.
  • When the air finally settles the villager is lying motionless on the ground.
  • The jockey came into the dining room, stepped to one side and stood motionless with his back to the wall.
  • Simultaneously, she put the cover over the cake again, and then she stood motionless as if she were un- der a spell.
  • The sky was a pale-blue dome suspended over motionless white clouds.
  • When there were no tests, the test grounds were enveloped in total, motionless silence.
  • Each rabbit lies motionless, tranquilized, paws spread-eagle with an exposed patch of shaved skin on its lower abdomen.
British Dictionary definitions for motionless


not moving; absolutely still
Derived Forms
motionlessly, adverb
motionlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for motionless

1590s, from motion (n.) + -less. Related: Motionlessly; motionlessness.

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