from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Biology Moving or having the power to move spontaneously: motile spores.
- adj. Psychology Of or relating to mental imagery that arises primarily from sensations of bodily movement and position rather than from visual or auditory sensations.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. having the power to move spontaneously
- adj. of or relating to those mental images that arise from the sensations of bodily movement and position
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Exhibiting, or capable of, spontaneous movement
- adj. Producing motion.
- n. A person whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action, such as incipient pronunciation of words, muscular innervations, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Capable of spontaneous motion; executing automatic or apparently voluntary movements: as, a motile flagellum; motile cilia, spores, etc.
- n. One in whose mind motor images are predominant or especially distinct.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
- adj. (of spores or microorganisms) capable of movement
Latin mōtus, motion (from past participle of movēre, to move; see motion) + -ile1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin motus. (Wiktionary)