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Having or making no motion.

mo′tion·less·ly adv.
mo′tion·less·ness n.
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Noun1.motionlessness - a state of no motion or movement; "the utter motionlessness of a marble statue"
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
fixedness, immobility, stationariness - remaining in place
motion - a state of change; "they were in a state of steady motion"
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There was a strange motionlessness of everything in that pretty little cabin.
But she, too, grew pale and thin; and the nervous activity of the poor little hands and arms only emphasized the pitiful motionlessness of the once active little feet and legs now lying so woefully quiet under the blankets.
He has a power likewise of realizing and conveying to the consciousness of his reader abstract and elementary impressions, silence, darkness, absolute motionlessness, or, again, the whole complex sentiment of a particular place, the abstract expression of desolation in the long [99] white road, of peacefulness in a particular folding of the hills.
Then comes a sense of sudden motionlessness throughout all things; as if those who bore me (a ghastly train!) had outrun, in their descent, the limits of the limitless, and paused from the wearisomeness of their toil.
They were wild, bold, ravenous; their red eyes glaring upon me as if they waited but for motionlessness on my part to make me their prey.
The success of these schemes have become indeterminate due to unfamiliarity of Overseas Pakistanis with two schemes announced for them, motionlessness on poverty alleviation, anticipation results from Naya Pakistan Housing Authority based on past performance of PHA and FGEHF and many other reasons.
Guigucian non-verbal tactics are also valuable in that they parse out how we can turn motionlessness such as silence into active motion, listening included.
(A balance and stillness derived from the Tao Te Ching, a work Le Guin translated, is central to her work, lending a motionlessness and sometimes eventless quality to her fiction that frustrates some readers.)
United's motionlessness with the academy is still affecting the Under-23s, who have won two of their 17 matches this term and are eight points adrift from safety with five fixtures remaining.
The process to detect the duration of having prolonged motionlessness can be divided into three stages as follows.
Although a relaxed posture is adopted, prolonged motionlessness can lead to pain in muscles and joints.