Complete Definition of "motif"

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English

Etymology
From French motif#French|motif (1848), with the meaning of main idea or theme

Pronunciation
w:IPA|IPA: /mÉÊ'tif/
(mÅ-tÄfÌ)
audio|en-us-motif.ogg|Audio (US)
:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-iËf|-iËf

Noun
en-noun

  1. A recurring or dominant element; a theme.

#:See how the artist repeats the scroll motif throughout the work?
#music A short melodic passage that is repeated in several parts of a work

  1. A decorative figure that is repeated in a design
  2. Crystallography: The physical object or objects repeated at each point of a lattice. Usually atoms or molecules.

Translations
trans-top|recurring or dominant element; a theme
German: Motiv n
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Japanese: ä¸»é¡ (shudai), ã¢ãã¼ã (mochÄ«fu)
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trans-top|(music) A short melodic passage that is repeated in several parts of a work
German: Motiv n
trans-mid
Japanese: ä¸»é¡ (shudai), ã¢ãã¼ã (mochÄ«fu)
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trans-top|A decorative figure that is repeated in a design
German: Motiv n
trans-mid
Japanese: ã¢ãã¼ã (mochÄ«fu)
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trans-top|(crystallography) The physical object or objects repeated at each point of a lattice
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ttbc|French: motif#French|motif

Related terms
motive


French

Noun
motif

  1. motif#English|motif

Category:Crystallography
Category:French nouns

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