Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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

    July 18, 2010

  • 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

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

    August 2, 2008

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

    August 2, 2008