Locomotion refers to the ability to move. "The Loco-motion" is also a dance-song popularized by Grand Funk Railroad. Google it; you won't be sorry.

"Come on baby, do the loco-motion!" See the word motion in locomotion? That's a clue that this word has to do with movement. An animal is capable of locomotion if it can move on its own. For example, a dog's legs and a bird's wings give them locomotion. Our legs are our tools for locomotion too. Locomotion is also an instance of traveling. If you get on a train, that’s locomotion.

Definitions of locomotion
  1. noun
    the power or ability to move
    synonyms: motive power, motivity
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    the quality of moving freely
  2. noun
    self-propelled movement
    synonyms: travel
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    swinging by the arms from branch to branch
    walk, walking
    the act of traveling by foot
    the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down
    a horse's manner of moving
    run, running
    the act of running; traveling on foot at a fast pace
    jog, lope, trot
    a slow pace of running
    crawl, crawling, creep, creeping
    a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body
    circle, circuit, lap
    movement once around a course
    dance step, step
    a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance
    any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing
    walking about
    noctambulation, noctambulism, sleepwalking, somnambulation, somnambulism
    walking by a person who is asleep
    pace, stride, tread
    a step in walking or running
    (ballet) a step in dancing (especially in classical ballet)
    a light or nimble tread
    a step to one side (as in boxing or dancing)
    a person's manner of walking
    a slow gait of a horse in which two feet are always on the ground
    rack, single-foot
    a rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately
    jog trot
    an easy gait of a horse; midway between a walk and a trot
    a gait faster than a walk; diagonally opposite legs strike the ground together
    canter, lope
    a smooth three-beat gait; between a trot and a gallop
    a fast gait of a horse; a two-beat stride during which all four legs are off the ground simultaneously
    the act of taking a step in walking
    march, marching
    the act of marching; walking with regular steps (especially in a procession of some kind)
    plod, plodding
    the act of walking with a slow heavy gait
    the act of prowling (walking about in a stealthy manner)
    shamble, shambling, shuffle, shuffling
    walking with a slow dragging motion without lifting your feet
    a kind of dance step in which the dancer seems to be sliding on the spot
    walking with your feet in shallow water
    a steady trot like that of a dog
    dash, sprint
    a quick run
    pace lap
    the first lap of a car race that prepares the cars for a fast start
    lap of honour, victory lap
    a lap by the winning person or team run to celebrate the victory
    chasse, sashay
    (ballet) quick gliding steps with one foot always leading
    (ballet) a gliding or sliding step in ballet
    swimming stroke
    a method of moving the arms and legs to push against the water and propel the swimmer forward
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    motion, move, movement
    the act of changing location from one place to another
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