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motif,

in music: see motivemotive
or motif
, in music, a short phrase or passage of two or more notes and repeated or elaborated throughout the composition. The term is usually used synonymously with figure.
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motif

(mōtēf`), in literature, term that denotes the recurrent presence of certain character types, objects, settings, or situations in diverse genres and periods of folklore and literature. Examples of motifs include swords, money, food, jewels, forests, oceans, castles, dungeons, tests of skill or wisdom, journeys, separations and reunions, chaos brought to order. Motifs are not restricted to literature. Hans von Wolzogen coined the term leitmotiv [Ger.,=guiding motive] to describe Richard Wagner's use of a recurring musical phrase to reinforce the emotional impact of characters, situations, and themes in his operas. The visual arts often rely on motifs to communicate deeper levels of meaning: The bison and deer painted on the walls of the caves at Lascaux represent both threat and survival, superior strength or speed, and food supply; the endlessly rocking cradle in D. W. Griffith's film Intolerance suggests rebirth and the inescapable frailties of the human condition (see symbolsymbol,
sign representing something that has an independent existence. The most important use of symbols is in language. To say so, however, does not solve the perennial philosophical questions as to the nature of the linguistic sign.
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[Gr. arch=first, typos=mold], term whose earlier meaning, "original model," or "prototype," has been enlarged by C. G. Jung and by several contemporary literary critics.
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Motif

A part or element repeated in an ornamental design.

Motif

 

in literature, the simplest unit of meaning in myths and tales, which cannot be further divided, for example, the motif of the abduction of the bride. A combination of several motifs constitutes the plot (fabula) or story (siuzhet). There are often similar motifs in the epics of different nations. Folklore motifs may also be used in later periods.

In modern literature, motifs are the simplest units of story (siuzhet) development: they may be dynamic, moving the plot (fabula) forward, or static and descriptive but indispensable for the story (siuzhet). The significance of a motif depends not on its own meaning but rather on its role in the artistic structure.

motif

A principal repeated element in an ornamental design.

motif

1. a distinctive idea, esp a theme elaborated on in a piece of music, literature, etc.
2. a recurring form or shape in a design or pattern

Motif

The standard graphical user interface and window manager from OSF, running on the X Window System.

Motif

The graphical user interface (GUI) endorsed by the Open Software Foundation. Motif became the standard graphical interface for Unix workstations. Although it is still used, numerous other graphical interfaces have become more popular (see KDE and GNOME). See Open Group.


The Motif GUI
For several years, Motif was the de facto standard graphical interface in the Unix world. (Screen shot courtesy of The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.)
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The AGOUTI_1 Motif is a signaling motif and normally expressed in skin cells and interacts with the first melanocortin receptor (MCR1) to control pigmentation [9].
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After the discussion of proposed datings for the composition of the myth of the Flood, Anthonioz offers an earlier dating--before the Ur III period--based on the analysis of the motif of the Flood in the Gudea Cylinders and in the Stele of the Vultures.
In the Boyne Valley passage graves, at Loughcrew, Knockroe and other Irish sites, and at Barclodiad y Gawres and Bryn Celli Ddu in Wales, Robin convincingly demonstrates that particular motifs occur recurrently in specific positions.
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Yeaman and Yount are now translating the motif into peptide mimetics and small molecules, and are designing so-called modular anti-infectives with customized payloads of drugs that attach to the [gamma]-core motif.
This abstract creature's head, outlined by a leaf or acorn motif that also makes up its body, contains what could be a bottle, a black sky and deco flower, a gyroscope or sphere, a crisscrossed pole or miter, a hillscape, a tiny yellow wedge atop a curving shaft, and a water droplet.
Roach uses three different approaches--gender studies, psychoanalysis, and theology--in order to penetrate meanings behind the Mother Nature motif.
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