• WordNet 3.6
    • adj motile (of spores or microorganisms) capable of movement
    • n motile one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Motile (Psychol) A person whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action, such as incipient pronunciation of words, muscular innervations, etc.
    • Motile (Biol) Exhibiting, or capable of, spontaneous movement; as, motile bacteria, motile protozoa, motile cilia, motile spores, etc.
    • Motile Producing motion; as, motile powers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • motile Capable of spontaneous motion; executing automatic or apparently voluntary movements: as, a motile flagellum; motile cilia, spores, etc.
    • n motile One in whose mind motor images are predominant or especially distinct.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Motile capable of spontaneous motion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Motive
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—movēre, mōtum, to move.


In literature:

The motile force is imparted to the gonidium by dense rows of waving cilia with which it is completely surrounded.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 460, October 25, 1884" by Various
These simple plants may be seen as actively moving cells or as non-motile cells.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 623, December 10, 1887" by Various
Some forms are motile, others are non-motile.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
The motile organs are cirri and cilia, all inserted in the constriction.
"Marine Protozoa from Woods Hole" by Gary N. Calkins
They have their cells boxed in by cellulose walls, so that their opportunities for motility are greatly restricted.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
A child who is "suggestible" to a high degree shows it in what we call "motility.
"The Story of the Mind" by James Mark Baldwin
This secretion consists of active motile spermatozoa, of spermatic granules and of mucus.
"The Biology, Physiology and Sociology of Reproduction" by Winfield S. Hall
Considerable improvement in motility was then apparent.
"The Electric Bath" by George M. Schweig
Independent movement is effected by special motile organs, the cilia or flagella.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
All strains are non-motile, non-sporogenous, and non-capsule-forming.
"The Bacillus of Long Life" by Loudon Douglas
He found in the stomach of adult ticks, large motile club-shaped bodies which he considered as ookinetes.
"Handbook of Medical Entomology" by William Albert Riley
New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1975.
"Zen Culture" by Thomas Hoover
It is not motile, and does not form spores.
"Contagious Abortion of Cows" by Ward J. MacNeal
Gastric motility, 176, 307.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
In this trial the yolk-citrate extender served best in maintaining sperm motility during freezing.
"Preservation of Bull Semen at Sub-Zero Temperatures" by N. L. VanDemark
The motility of the face, head, and neck was not noticeably impaired.
"Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:" by Louis Marshall Warfield
The latter ultimately divides in the apex of the pollen-tube into two non-motile generative cells.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 7" by Various
The spread of diseases due to animals, especially insects, is of course more active, in consequence of the motility of the distributing agents.
"Disease in Plants" by H. Marshall Ward
After enjoying its motile instincts awhile, it settled down on this pebble, and became stationary.
"Omphalos" by Philip Henry Gosse

In news:

Although patients with cirrhosis of the liver frequently present with many gastrointestinal (GI) complaints that are most likely due to abnormal GI motility, the cause of motility disorders in this patient population is unknown.
Effects of erythromycin on gastrointestinal tract motility.
An old motility structure with a new name p307.
Put money into the Mumbai-based Motilal Oswal Financial Services, which went public in 2007.
In his report on oesophageal motility disorders.
Oesophageal motility disorders comprise various abnormal manometric patterns which usually present with dysphagia or chest pain.
Effects of erythromycin on gastrointestinal tract motility .
Oesophageal motility disorders comprise various abnormal manometric patterns which usually present with dysphagia or chest pain.
In this procedure, a sample of semen is analyzed for volume, pH (P-H), concentration, motility, morphology, vitality, and white blood cells.
Salmonella is a genus of rod-shaped, Gram-negative, non-spore-forming, predominantly motile enterobacteria with diameters around 0.7 to 1.5 µm, lengths from 2 to 5 µm, and flagella that grade in all directions (i.e.

In science:

If we consider chemical signals in the environment, the corresponding motility behavior is called chemotaxis or chemokinesis, depending on whether the organism senses the direction of signal gradients directly, or responds by changing its speed or the frequency of turning.
An equation-free computational approach for extracting population-level behavior from individual-based models of biological dispersal
Motilal Nehru Regional Engineering College, Allahabad, India and is currently the Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, India.
An Improved Approach to High Level Privacy Preserving Itemset Mining
Cell motility is crucial to many biological processes including reproduction, embryogenesis, infection, etc.
The random walk of a low-Reynolds-number swimmer
Gradients are not used in our experiments in order to avoid any external tropism on the motility.
The random walk of a low-Reynolds-number swimmer
He assumed that cellsorting required spontaneous progressions of motile and mutually adhesive cells to configurations that have minimum adhesive free energy (Steinberg 1962a; b; c; 1963; 1970) .
Equivalence between two-dimensional cell-sorting and one-dimensional generalized random walk -- spin representations of generating operators
In some context is realistic to assume that the motile cells moving far from the starting point lose their intrinsic properties.
Asymptotic results for random flights
This growth has been spurred in part by new experimental techniques for studying cell motility.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
In this section we motivate our review with a short overview of mechanisms for swimming motility.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Near a wall, the chiral propulsion mechanism leads a breaking of the (timeaveraged) axisymmetry of the propulsive force because new non-zero components arise in the motility matrix of the helix.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Determination of motility forces of human spermatozoa using an 800 nm optical trap.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Novel ultrastructures of Treponema primitia and their implications for motility.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Bacterial motility and the bacterial flagellar motor.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Multiple-exposure photographic analysis of a motile spirochete.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Sperm motility in the presence of boundaries.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Three-dimensional tracking of motile bacteria near a solid planar surface.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms