Definitions for movementˈmuv mənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

move•mentˈmuv mənt(n.)

  1. the act, process, or result of moving.

  2. a particular manner or style of moving.

  3. Usu., movements. actions or activities, as of a person or a body of persons.

  4. a change of position or location of troops or ships.

    Category: Military

  5. abundance of events or incidents.

  6. rapid progress of events.

  7. the progress of events, as in a narrative or drama.

  8. the stylistic representation of motion in a work of art.

    Category: Fine Arts

  9. a series of actions or activities directed or tending toward a particular end.

  10. the course, tendency, or trend of affairs in a particular field.

  11. a diffusely organized or heterogeneous group of people or organizations tending toward or favoring a generalized common goal.

  12. the price change in the market of some commodity or security.

  13. Category: Physiology

    Ref: bowel movement.

  14. the working parts or a distinct portion of the working parts of a mechanism, as of a watch.

    Category: Horology

  15. Music. a principal division or section of a sonata, symphony, or the like. motion; rhythm; time; tempo.

    Category: Music and Dance

  16. Pros. rhythmical structure or character.

    Category: Prosody

Origin of movement:

1350–1400; ME < MF

Princeton's WordNet

  1. motion, movement, move, motility(noun)

    a change of position that does not entail a change of location

    "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"

  2. motion, movement, move(noun)

    the act of changing location from one place to another

    "police controlled the motion of the crowd"; "the movement of people from the farms to the cities"; "his move put him directly in my path"

  3. movement, motion(noun)

    a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

  4. movement, social movement, front(noun)

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

    "he was a charter member of the movement"; "politicians have to respect a mass movement"; "he led the national liberation front"

  5. movement(noun)

    a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata

    "the second movement is slow and melodic"

  6. campaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement, effort(noun)

    a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end

    "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to the war effort"

  7. apparent motion, motion, apparent movement, movement(noun)

    an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object

    "the cinema relies on apparent motion"; "the succession of flashing lights gave an illusion of movement"

  8. bowel movement, movement, bm(noun)

    a euphemism for defecation

    "he had a bowel movement"

  9. drift, trend, movement(noun)

    a general tendency to change (as of opinion)

    "not openly liberal but that is the trend of the book"; "a broad movement of the electorate to the right"

  10. movement(noun)

    the driving and regulating parts of a mechanism (as of a watch or clock)

    "it was an expensive watch with a diamond movement"

  11. movement(noun)

    the act of changing the location of something

    "the movement of cargo onto the vessel"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. movement(noun)ˈmuv mənt

    an organized group of people with a common aim

    the green movement; an international movement against racism

  2. movementˈmuv mənt

    a change or development

    no movement in the stock market; a movement toward introducing the smoking ban

  3. movementˈmuv mənt

    the act or process of moving

    The sensors will detect any movement in the room.; graceful/awkward movements

  4. movementˈmuv mənt

    where sb is and what they are doing at a particular time

    Police would like to know more about his movements that day.

  5. movementˈmuv mənt

    a part of a long piece of classical music

    the slow second movement


  1. movement(Noun)

    Physical motion between points in space.

    I saw a movement in that grass on the hill.

  2. movement(Noun)

    For a clockwork, a clock, or a watch, a device that cuts time in equal portions.

  3. movement(Noun)

    The impression of motion in an artwork, painting, novel etc.

  4. movement(Noun)

    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. movement(Noun)

    A large division of a larger composition.

  6. movement(Noun)

    An instance of an aircraft taking off or landing.

    Albuquerque International Sunport serviced over 200,000 movements last year.

  7. movement(Noun)

    The deviation of a pitch from ballistic flight.

    The movement on his cutter was devastating.

  8. movement(Noun)

    An act of emptying the bowels.

  9. Origin: From movement (modern French mouvement), from movimentum, from movere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Movement(noun)

    the act of moving; change of place or posture; transference, by any means, from one situation to another; natural or appropriate motion; progress; advancement; as, the movement of an army in marching or maneuvering; the movement of a wheel or a machine; the party of movement

  2. Movement(noun)

    motion of the mind or feelings; emotion

  3. Movement(noun)

    manner or style of moving; as, a slow, or quick, or sudden, movement

  4. Movement(noun)

    the rhythmical progression, pace, and tempo of a piece

  5. Movement(noun)

    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. Movement(noun)

    a system of mechanism for transmitting motion of a definite character, or for transforming motion; as, the wheelwork of a watch


  1. Movement

    A movement is a self-contained part of a musical composition or musical form. While individual or selected movements from a composition are sometimes performed separately, a performance of the complete work requires all the movements to be performed in succession. A movement is a section, "a major structural unit perceived as the result of the coincidence of relatively large numbers of structural phenomena." Often a composer attempts to interrelate the movements thematically, or sometimes in more subtle ways, in order that the individual movements exert a cumulative effect. In some forms, composers sometimes link the movements, or ask for them to be played without a pause between them.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Movement

    The act, process, or result of passing from one place or position to another. It differs from LOCOMOTION in that locomotion is restricted to the passing of the whole body from one place to another, while movement encompasses both locomotion but also a change of the position of the whole body or any of its parts. Movement may be used with reference to humans, vertebrate and invertebrate animals, and microorganisms. Differentiate also from MOTOR ACTIVITY, movement associated with behavior.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'movement' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #707

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'movement' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1427

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'movement' in Nouns Frequency: #216

Translations for movement

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(an act of) changing position or going from one point to another

The animal turned sideways with a swift movement.

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