Word of The Day for Thursday, December 23, 2010


mo•tile (MOHT-l, MOH-til)

moving or capable of moving spontaneously
a person whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action

motility noun

1864, from Latin mot-, pp. stem of movere "move, set in motion"

Related Words: motion, mobile, remove, motor, promote, emotion, motive, commotion

Sentence Examples:
• This group of the protophytes is unquestionably closely related to certain low animals (Monads or Flagellata), with which they are sometimes united. They are characterized by being actively motile, and are either strictly unicellular, or the cells are united by a gelatinous envelope into a colony of definite form. -Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany, Douglas Houghton Campbell

• To accomplish this latter end of its journey the spermatozoon is endowed with some form of motile apparatus, and this frequently takes the form of a long flagellum, or whip-like process, by the lashing of which the little creature propels itself much as a tadpole with its tail. -Mendelism, Third Edition

• The more motile organisms are constantly, by very reason of their motility, encountering situations which put a strain upon the attention. -Sex and Society, William I. Thomas

The Storyline
And this was one of those days that she questioned if all of her employees were truly motile.

Sources:Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com, Online Etymology

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