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.
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.
In addition, Lang maintains, Albert views the arguments about elemental motion and the first mover in a theological light: the generator moves the elements, not their natural place; the Physics builds toward and culminates in a proof of the existence of a first mover, who is God.