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Meaning of MOTIF

Pronunciation:  mow'teef

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a design that consists of recurring shapes or colors
  2. [n]  a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work; "it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"
  3. [n]  a theme that is elaborated on in a piece of music
 

MOTIF is a 5 letter word that starts with M.

 

 Synonyms: motive, theme
 
 See Also: design, figure, idea, idea, melodic theme, musical theme, obbligato, obligato, pattern, theme, thought

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Mo"tif\, n. [F.]
    Motive.
    
    
  2. \Mo`tif"\, n. [F.]
    1. In literature and the fine arts, a salient feature or
       element of a composition or work; esp., the theme, or
       central or dominant feature; specif. (Music), a motive.
    
             This motif, of old things lost, is a favorite one
             for the serious ballade.              --R. M. Alden.
    
             The design . . . is . . . based on the peacock -- a
             motif favored by decorative artists of all ages.
                                                   --R. D. Benn.
    
    2. (Dressmaking) A decorative appliqu['e] design or figure,
       as of lace or velvet, used in trimming.
    
    
 
Computing Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

The standard graphical user interface and window manager from osf, running on the x window system.

 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. Recurring characteristic or theme.
  2. The smallest group of atoms in a polymer that, when under the influence of a rotation-translation operator, will assemble the rest of the atoms in the chain.
 
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