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Motif

Motif

WordNet



noun


(1)   A design that consists of recurring shapes or colors
(2)   A unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work
"It was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"
(3)   A theme that is elaborated on in a piece of music
Wiktonary



Etymology


From French motif (1848), with the meaning of main idea or theme

Noun



  1. A recurring or dominant element; a theme.
    See how the artist repeats the scroll motif throughout the work?
  2. A short melodic passage that is repeated in several parts of a work
  3. A decorative figure that is repeated in a design
  4. crystallography: The physical object or objects repeated at each point of a lattice. Usually atoms or molecules.