Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Biology Moving or having the power to move spontaneously.
  • adjective 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 The Century Dictionary.

  • Capable of spontaneous motion; executing automatic or apparently voluntary movements: as, a motile flagellum; motile cilia, spores, etc.
  • noun One in whose mind motor images are predominant or especially distinct.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Psychol.) A person whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action, such as incipient pronunciation of words, muscular innervations, etc.
  • adjective (Biol.) Exhibiting, or capable of, spontaneous movement
  • adjective Producing motion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective biology having the power to move spontaneously
  • adjective psychology of or relating to those mental images that arise from the sensations of bodily movement and position

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

  • noun one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
  • adjective (of spores or microorganisms) capable of movement

Etymologies

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

[Latin mōtus, motion (from past participle of movēre, to move; see motion) + –ile.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin motus.

Examples

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  • Wait... by WeirdNET's second definition, isn't that everyone? Well... everyone except psychics?

    August 2, 2008

  • And mathematicians. And those annoying arch-rationalists who plagued my undergraduate years.

    August 2, 2008

  • I often think of sperm when I see this word... but sometimes I think of The Who's "Going Mobile" -- then I get an earworm.

    August 2, 2008

  • Dr. Beverly Crusher used this word discussing cellular residue.

    July 18, 2010