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A consistent or recurrent conceptual element, usually a figure or design. In an architectural or decorative pattern, a motif is employed as the central element in a work, or it is repeated either consistently or as a theme with variations.
An element that serves as a theme, which is developed further and recurs throughout the work. This element can be an event, color, situation, object, setting, or character type. In Shakespeare's Macbeth, for example, motifs include sleep/sleeplessness, the weather, and blood.
a sequence of DNA bases (typically three or four) that is repeated in multiple copies in a microsatellite or STR. The term is also used for a combination of several mutations associated with a particular haplogroup, especially for mitochondrial DNA.
an idea, a theme that is repeated or carried through an individual work as when John Steinbeck's narrator constantly compares Lenny to an animal such as horse or bear throughout the novel Of Mice and Men
An underlying theme around which a story or work of art is polarized. myth An improvable story, almost always including miraculous events, that has no specific reference point or time in history. Na-Dene or Athapaskan A language phylum that may have been a living language during the Ice Age. However, the Na-Dene did not arrive in North America from Siberia until after the Ice Age. Famous ethnies of the Na-Dene language phylum include the Navajo, Apache, Haida and Tlingit. All California Athapaskans owned territories in the northwest portion of the state including the Hupan, Mattole, Wailakian, and Tolowan speaking ethnies. non-linear presentation Stories or literatures that follow no particular chronological order.
(Also known as Motiv or Leitmotiv. theme, character type, image, Metaphor, or other verbal element that recurs throughout a single work of literature or occurs in a number of different works over a period of time. For example, the various manifestations of the color white in Herman Melville's Moby Dick is a "specific" motif, while the trials of star-crossed lovers is a "conventional" motif from the literature of all periods.
an element of narrative -- theme, character, setting, plot device -- that commonly reoccurs in literature. The "wrongly suspected man" and the "crime in a locked room" are plot motifs of mystery fiction.
A recurring image, object, idea, situation, feature, or phrase that helps unify a piece of writing. Motif can be also be used to refer to a situation common across many works, such as the "heroic quest" story or the "rags-to-riches" tale.
is a theme, character type, image, metaphor, or other verbal element that recurs throughout a single work of literature or occurs in a number of different works over a period of time. Example: Some recurring motifs in Macbeth are violence, hallucinations and prophecy.
A repeated concept which is inherent in a person, place or object. It can be a visual, sound, or linguistic idea which reappears in the context of the story or film narrative where symbolic reference or meaning is attached.
In music, a motif is a perceivable or salient recurring fragment or succession of notes that may be used to construct the entirety or parts of complete melodies and themes. A motif is distinguished from a figure in that a motif is foreground while a figure is background: "A figure resembles a moulding in architecture: it is 'open at both ends', so as to be endlessly repeatable. In hearing a phrase as a figure, rather than a motif, we are at the same time placing it in the background, even if it is...strong and melodious."
The UNIX industry's standard user interface, originally developed by the Open Systems Foundation. Motif is based on the X-Window system and is a Presentation Manager look-alike. Motif is available for all IBM AIX workstations.
Motif is a product of the Open Systems Software Foundation (OSF). It is based on IBM's Common User Access (CUA) guidelines as were both Microsoft's Windows and OS/2 and defines a style and look-and-feel for developing graphical users interfaces to run on X-Windows platforms.
Motif (or capitalized MOTIF) is a graphical widget toolkit for building graphical user interfaces under the X Window System on Unix and other POSIX-compliant systems. It emerged in the 1980s as UNIX workstations were on the rise, as a competitor to the Open Look GUI.
A conserved element of a protein sequence alignment that usually correlates with a particular function. Motifs are generated from a local multiple protein sequence alignment corresponding to a region whose function or structure is known. It is sufficient that it is conserved, and is hence likely to be predictive of any subsequent occurrence of such a structural/functional region in any other novel protein sequence.
In proteins, a unit exhibiting a particular three-dimensional architecture that is found in a variety of proteins and usually is associated with a particular function. Many DNA-binding proteins contain one of a small number of DNA-binding motifs including the helix-loop-helix, homeodomain, leucine zipper, and zinc finger.
A consecutive string of amino acids in a protein sequence whose general character is repeated, or conserved, in all sequences in a multiple alignment at a particular position. Motifs are of interest because they may correspond to structural or functional elements within the sequences they characterize.