from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To move from one place to another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To move or travel (from one location to another).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To change location; move, travel, or proceed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move from one place to another.
  • In biology, to effect a change of place: as, a medusa which locomotes toward the light.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically


Back-formation from locomotion.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back formation from locomotion. (Wiktionary)


  • Uncertain how to identity that particular subset, I parse the group as a mix of money -- both old (Southampton's Meadow Club); and new (Bridgehampton's upstart so there Atlantic Golf Club) -- art world players; the culturati; and women who wear sheaths so tight they locomote with a little shuffle.

    Erica Abeel: Getting Voluptuous With Robert Wilson at His Hamptons Gala

  • But then, when the going gets difficult, as mother says, those coveting advancement must locomote.


  • After billions of years of evolution, it was inevitable life would acquire the ability to locomote, to hunt and see, to protect itself from competitors.

    Robert Lanza, M.D.: Have Aliens Left the Universe? Theory Predicts We'll Follow

  • By walking upright over four million years ago, the earliest hominids were already on an evolutionary track separate from even chimps and gorillas, our nearest genetic cousins, who locomote with a different kind of gait known as knuckle-walking.

    Deepak Chopra: What We Don't Know Is Thrilling

  • Hod Lipson of Cornell just showed a robot that learns how to locomote by generating and selecting competing "self models."

    Boing Boing

  • There is something incredibly strange about watching a person cling to a vertical wall and locomote across it with thoughtful pauses every now and then to consider the next perch for hand or foot.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • Amoebas locomote by shifting cytoplasm inside their bodies to create pseudopods which slowly pull the organisms along.


  • They can create extensions of their body wall called pseudopodia that help them locomote or capture prey or simply churn up their insides to distribute nutrients.


  • When the parasite is not attached to its host, it is able to locomote using an inch worm-like motion with the aid of its oral adhesive glands and haptor.


  • When in the egg stage they are at the mercy of water currents, but once they hatch into miracidium they are able to locomote using cilia.


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  • Thanks for using this verb on my profile page, mollusque. OED sez:
    intr. To move about from place to place. (Originally slang; subsequently adopted or re-invented in biological use.)

    P.S. I was able to impress a vice president with the knowledge that this is a legitimate verb. :) If I get a raise (ever), I'll send you some.

    June 13, 2009