motion to

motion (for) (one) to (do something)

To use body language to instruct or direct one to do something. She motioned to me to be quiet as I came into the room. I motioned for the stage assistant to lower the curtains.
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motion to (one)

To use gestures to communicate something to one or to get one's attention. She motioned to me to be quiet as I came into the room. I tried to motion to the teacher through the window, but she didn't notice me.
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motion to someone

to make some sort of hand signal to a person. Did you motion to me? What do you want? I did not motion to you.
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References in classic literature ?
Scroll-wise coiled forwards beneath the body, and then rapidly sprung backwards, it is this which gives that singular darting, leaping motion to the monster when furiously swimming.
12), you learned that Shaun White relies on Newton's laws of motion to tackle high-flying stunts on his skateboard or snowboard.
In an experiment performed by NIST, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Queensland, Australia, ultra-cold atoms oscillating in optical potential wells were observed to tunnel from one allowed motion to another which was not well connected via a classical pathway.
2-4 show our basic plays with normal wingback motion to the split-end side.
Cohen points out, in addition, that both considered motion to be a state, that both spoke of the theory of inertia as a "law," and that both made use of the qualifying phrase "quantum in se est" in describing it.
Instead of abruptly and arbitrarily shifting from one type of motion to another, the ribbon endlessly repeats the same combination of moves.
The "Special" lets our halfbacks know that we want our pre-snap motion to be in the opposite direction; that is, instead of motioning left, we want motion to the right.
In their view, brain cells that detect motion in a particular direction become so overworked when adapting to a moving pattern that their activity temporarily reverses when the pattern halts, giving motion to what an observer knows are firmly rooted trees.