Associations to the word «Motif»


MOTIF, noun. A recurring or dominant element; a theme.
MOTIF, noun. (music) A short melodic passage that is repeated in several parts of a work.
MOTIF, noun. A decorative figure that is repeated in a design or pattern.
MOTIF, noun. (dressmaking) A decorative appliqué design or figure, as of lace or velvet, used in trimming.
MOTIF, noun. (crystallography) The physical object or objects repeated at each point of a lattice. Usually atoms or molecules.
MOTIF, noun. (chess) A basic element of a move in terms of why the piece moves and how it supports the fulfilment of a stipulation.
MOTIF, noun. (biochemistry) In a nucleotide or amino-acid sequence, pattern that is widespread and has, or is conjectured to have, a biological significance.

Dictionary definition

MOTIF, noun. A design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration.
MOTIF, noun. A theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music.
MOTIF, noun. A unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work; "it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme".

Wise words

Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for.
Ray Bradbury