motif definition

  • noun:
    • A recurrent thematic take into account an artistic or literary work.
    • A dominant theme or central idea.
    • songs a quick rhythmic or melodic passageway this is certainly repeated or evoked in a variety of areas of a composition.
    • A repeated figure or design in structure or design. See Synonyms at figure.
    • A recurring or principal factor; a style.
    • A short melodic passage that is duplicated in several parts of a work
    • A decorative figure that's repeated in a design
    • The real object or items duplicated at each point of a lattice. Usually atoms or molecules.
    • Motive.
    • In literary works and good arts, a salient function or part of a composition or work; esp., the theme, or central or prominent feature
    • A decorative appliqué design or figure, as of lace or velvet, used in trimming; additionally, a repeated design.
    • A Middle English as a type of motive.
    • [F.] A datum, theme, or surface for intellectual activity: used as French.
    • [F.] In songs:
    • A figure.
    • A subject or motif, specifically one which recurs often in a dramatic are a respected topic.
    • a unifying indisputable fact that is a recurrent aspect in literary or artistic work
    • a theme that is repeated or elaborated in an item of music
    • a design or figure that contains continual forms or colors, as with design or decoration

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