from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Moving by inherent power, without the aid of external impulse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Moving or acting by inherent power without extraneous influence.

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

  • adj. designed to activate or move or regulate itself


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  • So let there be that self-moving thing, a sweet girl mentioned by innocence in an off moment because of her skin, because of the way rain beads up on it.

    fabulous birds

  • A true biomechanical automaton, self-moving, self-directing, wrapped in human flesh.

    Clockwork Angel

  • Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadget, it was review Thursday and we flushed our systems clear: Joel posted a thoughtful review of the Android G1 and horrible hair review of an iPod dock while Beschizza reviewed the self-moving chess set he always wanted as a youth.

    Boing Boing

  • (Clarke, p. 722) Clarke develops his own account of free will arguing that motives, pleasures and pains, reasons and arguments, are simply occasions for the self-moving power that is active to freely determine action.

    Anthony Collins

  • While Nicholas insists that the active, self-moving mind directs and integrates the joint operation of our knowing capacities, he also agrees that the mind has no innate ideas and that mental life has to be awakened or stimulated by direct contact with the perceptible world.

    Cusanus, Nicolaus [Nicolas of Cusa]

  • For all men begin, as we said, by wondering that things are as they are, as they do about self-moving marionettes, or about the solstices or the incommensurability of the diagonal of a square with the side.

    Solstice and WMC #50 « Jahsonic

  • Though these movements are subject to the capacity for assent in fully rational creatures, impulse is present in all animate (self-moving) things from the moment of birth.


  • An automata is a self-moving machine, and so is a computer.

    Boing Boing: June 9, 2002 - June 15, 2002 Archives

  • That self-moving, selfcreating nation necessitated an Irish centre of policy, and I planned a premature impossible peace between those two devouring heads because I was sedentary and thoughtful; but Maud Gonne was not sedentary, and I noticed that before some great event she did not think but became exceedingly superstitious.

    Collected Works of W. B. Yeats Volume III Autobiographies

  • It would be begging the question, for example, to contend that the soul is that which causes its own life, and that what causes its own life is a self-moving number; for one would have to postulate that the soul is a self-moving number in the sense of being identical with it.

    Posterior Analytics


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