literally meaning "perpetual motion"
IPA(key): /pəːˌpɛtjʊəm ˈməʊbɪleɪ, ˈməʊbɪli/
perpetuum mobile (plural perpetuum mobiles)
- (musicology) pieces of music, or parts of pieces, characterised by a continuous steady stream of notes, usually at a rapid tempo
- (musicology) whole pieces, or large parts of pieces, which are to be played repeatedly, often an indefinite number of times.
perpetuum mobile n
- perpetual motion machine
From Latin perpetuum (neutral inflection of perpetuus 'perpetual') + Latin mobile (neutrum of mobilis 'mobile, moving', used as a noun)
perpetuum mobile n (plural perpetuum mobiles, diminutive pepetuum mobileetje n)
- A perpetual motion machine (hypothetical contraption capable of remaining in perpetual motion without needing any additional energy ever)
- (figuratively) Something impossible, a figment of one's imagination