from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The power of moving or causing motion.
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- n. The power or ability to move
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The power of moving or producing motion.
- n. The quality of being influenced by motives.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The power of moving; form of motion or locomotion.
- n. In thermodynamics, a term proposed by Lord Kelvin for the available energy of a system.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the power or ability to move
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It is the mind in which this historical principle, this motivity which is not reason, is brought in contact with the opposing and controlling element as it had not been before.
Thinking and motivity the primary ideas peculiar to spirit.
As the economic attraction of petroleum fuels disappears, their motivity - the power to cause motion - is being sought from other sources.
I knew from Carnot that this _must_ be true (and it _is_ true; only now I call it 'motivity,' to avoid clashing with Joule's 'mechanical value').
At present we must confine ourselves to saying that soul is the source of these phenomena and is characterized by them, viz. by the powers of self-nutrition, sensation, thinking, and motivity.
If the phenomena of exteriorization of _motivity_ be true (the phenomena produced by Eusapia Palladino, for example) then we have here nervous energy or "fluid" existing beyond the periphery of the body -- that is, in space, detached from the nerves.
Is it connected with the phenomena of exteriorization of sensitivity or motivity?
These prophets relied upon the presence of a certain motivity, from which a definite response could be evoked by an appeal which they were peculiarly able to make; but though "they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening oblation," there was none that regarded.
They were appealing to a fictitious motivity, one not grounded in "the nature of things."
And the motivity of sex is subsidiary to this: often directly antagonistic.