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  1. Plural of motif

Extensive Definition

Motive or motif are terms that turn up in many different forms in literature and other creative works, as well as other fields such as business and law.
A motif may be a recurring fragment, theme or pattern in a creative work:
In biochemistry:
  • Sequence motif, a sequence pattern of nucleotides in a DNA sequence or amino acids in a protein.
  • Structural motif, a pattern in a protein structure formed by the spatial arrangement of amino acids.
  • A repeating pattern of elements in a crystal structure.
A motive may relate to intent:
In music:
motifs in German: Motiv
motifs in French: Motif
motifs in Korean: 동기
motifs in Hebrew: מוטיב
motifs in Japanese: 動機
motifs in Norwegian: Motiv
motifs in Polish: Motyw
motifs in Russian: Мотив
motifs in Slovak: Motív
motifs in Ukrainian: Мотив
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