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Meaning of movement by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old French movement ( modern French mouvement ), from Medieval Latin movimentum, from Latin movere ( “move” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈmuːv.mənt/, X-SAMPA: /"mu:v.m@nt/


    movement ( plural: movements )

    1. Physical motion between points in space .
      I saw a movement in that grass on the hill .
    2. ( horology ) For a clockwork, a clock, or a watch, a device that cuts time in equal portions .
    3. The impression of motion in an artwork, painting, novel etc .
    4. A trend in various fields or social categories, a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals
      The labor movement has been struggling in America since the passage of the Taft-Hartley act in 1947 .
    5. ( music ) A large division of a larger composition .
    6. ( aviation ) An instance of an aircraft taking off or landing .
      Albuquerque International Sunport serviced over 200,000 movements last year .
    7. ( baseball ) The deviation of a pitch from ballistic flight .
      The movement on his cutter was devastating .
    8. An act of emptying the bowels.

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Explanation of movement by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the act of changing location from one place to another

    2. the movement of people from the farms to the cities
    3. the act of changing the location of something

    4. the movement of cargo onto the vessel
    5. a change of position that does not entail a change of location

    6. movement is a sign of life
    7. a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end

    8. the movement to end slavery
    9. the driving and regulating parts of a mechanism ( as of a watch or clock )

    10. it was an expensive watch with a diamond movement
    11. a general tendency to change ( as of opinion )

    12. a broad movement of the electorate to the right
    13. a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata

    14. the second movement is slow and melodic
    15. a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

    16. a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals

    17. he was a charter member of the movement
      politicians have to respect a mass movement
    18. an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object

    19. the succession of flashing lights gave an illusion of movement
    20. a euphemism for defecation

    21. he had a bowel movement

    Definition of movement by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Movement n. [F. mouvement. See Move, and cf. Moment.]
      1. The act of moving in space; change of place or posture; motion; as, “the movement of an army in marching or maneuvering; the movement of a wheel or a machine”.

      2. Manner or style of moving; as, “a slow, or quick, or sudden, movement”.

      3. Transference, by any means, from one situation to another; a change of situation; progress toward a goal; advancement; as, “after months of fruitless discussion there was finally some movement toward an agreement”.

      4. Motion of the mind or feelings; emotion.

      5. ( Mus. ) The rhythmical progression, pace, and tempo of a piece. “Any change of time is a change of movement.” Busby. One of the several strains or pieces, each complete in itself, with its own time and rhythm, which make up a larger work; as, “the several movements of a suite or a symphony”.

      6. ( Mech. ) A system of mechanism for transmitting motion of a definite character, or for transforming motion; as, the wheelwork of a watch; as, “a seventeen jewel movement”.

      7. A more or less organized effort by many people to achieve some goal, especially a social or artistic goal; as, “the women's liberation movement; the progressive movement in architecture”.

      Febrile movement ( Med. ), an elevation of the body temperature; a fever. -- Movement cure. ( Med. ) See Kinesiatrics. -- Movement of the bowels, an evacuation or stool; a passage or discharge.

      Syn. -- Motion. -- Movement, Motion. Motion expresses a general idea of not being at rest; movement is oftener used to express a definite, regulated motion, esp. a progress.