American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- adj. biology having the power to move spontaneously
- adj. psychology of or relating to those mental images that arise from the sensations of bodily movement and position
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Biol.) Exhibiting, or capable of, spontaneous movement
- adj. Producing motion.
- n. (Psychol.) A person whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action, such as incipient pronunciation of words, muscular innervations, etc.
- n. one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
- adj. (of spores or microorganisms) capable of movement
- From Latin motus. (Wiktionary)
- Latin mōtus, motion (from past participle of movēre, to move; see motion) + -ile1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Crowds are mobile, but they are also motile, that is to say, fickle.”
“Apparently most people do, including the author, who nevertheless marvels how almost 90 percent of American nuclear households have multiple cell phones, despite the fact that studies keep demonstrating cell phone use by men is associated with less "motile" sperm.”
“Apparently most people do, including the author, who nevertheless marvels how almost 90 percent of American nuclear households have multiple cell phones, despite the fact that studies keep demonstrating cell phone use by men is associated with less 'motile' sperm.”
“Longevity also rose steadily with the percentage of a man's sperm that were "motile", meaning they moved around normally, and the percentage of normally formed sperm.”
“DNA evidence from sperm found in her vaginal cavity was shown not to have come from Mr. Bryant and, being motile, had to have been placed there at the time of or subsequent to the Bryant encounter.”
“Vertebrates as a clade might not exist, but motile bilaterally symmetrical organisms seem plausible, perhaps even with sensory organs housed in a bony head.”
“Bacteria become non-motile if you remove a component from it's core.”
“They found something interesting: near the tail of the embryo, the PSM cells were more motile than they were near the front of the PSM.”
“Proteus mirabilis has not motile and this one, or otherwise disturbed phenotype when FliL is turned off Belas & Suvanasuthi 2005.”
“When the engine no longer works “non-motile phenotype”, was the gene for the motor function is essential.”
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