elemental motion

elemental motion

[‚el·ə′ment‚əl ‚mō·shən]
(industrial engineering)
In time-and-motion study, a fundamental subdivision of the hand movements in manipulating an object. Also known as basic element; fundamental motion; therblig.
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For Spenser and even for Shakespeare, elemental motion can prompt narrative movement; the motions of the elements are of narrative interest in themselves.
Literary documents and accounts of literary history, if read with an eye to elemental motions and perhaps to animic cultures, can do that work of dissolving binaries and linking the reader, and her intellectual and affective capacities, to the large field of other living beings.
On a personal level, the simple, elemental motion of striking a drum is a powerful antidote, a creative outlet, a healing tool, a workout for mind and body, a spiritual quest.
Lang carefully examines Aristotle's explanation of elemental motion (fire goes up), then proceeds to book 8, wherein Aristotle focuses on the first motion, the first mover, and the first mobile.