What does movement mean?

Definitions for movement
ˈmuv məntmove·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. motion, movement, move, motilitynoun

    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, movenoun

    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, motionnoun

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

  4. movement, social movement, frontnoun

    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. movementnoun

    a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata

    "the second movement is slow and melodic"

  6. campaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement, effortnoun

    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, movementnoun

    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, bmnoun

    a euphemism for defecation

    "he had a bowel movement"

  9. drift, trend, movementnoun

    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. movementnoun

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

    "it was an expensive watch with a diamond movement"

  11. movementnoun

    the act of changing the location of something

    "the movement of cargo onto the vessel"


  1. Movementnoun

    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.

  2. Movementnoun

    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.


  1. movementnoun

    Physical motion between points in space.

    I saw a movement in that grass on the hill.

  2. movementnoun

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

  3. movementnoun

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

  4. movementnoun

    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. movementnoun

    A large division of a larger composition.

  6. movementnoun

    An instance of an aircraft taking off or landing.

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

  7. movementnoun

    The deviation of a pitch from ballistic flight.

    The movement on his cutter was devastating.

  8. movementnoun

    An act of emptying the bowels.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Movementnoun

    Etymology: mouvement, French.

    What farther relieves descriptions of battles, is the art of introducing pathetick circumstances about the heroes, which raise a different movement in the mind, compassion and pity. Alexander Pope, Essay on Homer.

    Under workmen are expert enough at making a single wheel in a clock, but are utterly ignorant how to adjust the several parts, or regulate the movement. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Movement

    Movement is a song by American rock band LCD Soundsystem. It was released as a single on 8 November 2004 through DFA Records and appeared on their eponymous debut studio album, released in 2005.


  1. movement

    Movement is the act or process of changing physical location or position or of having this changed, typically under controlled and coordinated motion. It can also refer to the activity or evolvement elicited by a particular idea, concept, or ideology.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Movementnoun

    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. Movementnoun

    motion of the mind or feelings; emotion

  3. Movementnoun

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

  4. Movementnoun

    the rhythmical progression, pace, and tempo of a piece

  5. Movementnoun

    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. Movementnoun

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

  7. Etymology: [F. mouvement. See Move, and cf. Moment.]


  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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. movement

    A term used to express the changes of position which troops undergo in performing their evolutions.

Editors Contribution

  1. movement

    A group of people with a common aspiration or goal.

    The movement involved many people working together to empower change and organize power to the people.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 2, 2020  

  2. movement

    An action of moving.

    The movement of the ferry was balanced, gentle and steady forward, we all enjoyed.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 2, 2020  

  3. movement

    The act of a change of location.

    Their movement was from one side of the city to the other.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 2, 2020  

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  1. movement

    Song lyrics by movement -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by movement on the Lyrics.com website.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of movement in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of movement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of movement in a Sentence

  1. Briahna Joy Gray:

    The goal of The Sanders campaign is to build a multi-racial, multi-generational movement that is large enough to defeat Donald Trump and the powerful special interests whose greed and corruption is the root cause of the outrageous inequality in America, sharing a big tent requires including those who do not share every one of our beliefs, while always making clear that we will never compromise our values. The truth is that by standing together in solidarity, we share the values of love and respect that will move us in the direction of a more humane, more equal world.

  2. Sonalie Figueiras:

    In the US, you've had this sort of wellness and health scene for years now with Whole Foods and the yoga movement, paleo and crossfit, in Hong Kong for instance, all of that 10 years is compressed into one and a half years. It's just been an astronomical shift here. Anywhere that you have a concentration of Type-A, highly educated, very well traveled people you get this focus on self-improvement.

  3. Philip Wallach:

    For all the sort of ways that [ Chief Justice John Roberts ] has alienated some of the conservative movement legal folks through some of his rulings, he has seemed interested in disciplining bureaucratic agencies in a number of ways, and he's very interested in the separation of powers.

  4. Rand Paul:

    I think the energy in any political movement is the youth.

  5. Jack Watling:

    An assassination, when it's carried out, you want it to be as reliable as possible, lots of planning involved, lots of intelligence to understand the movement of the vehicle and when they can get close, but they've tried to use very, very simple methods in the past.

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    long and thin and often limp
    A lank
    B tenebrous
    C bonzer
    D motile

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