• 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

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