noun move·ment \ˈmüv-mənt\
: the act or process of moving people or things from one place or position to another
: the act of moving from one place or position to another
: the act of moving your body or a part of your body
a (1) : the act or process of moving; especially : change of place or position or posture (2) : a particular instance or manner of moving
b (1) : a tactical or strategic shifting of a military unit : maneuver (2) : the advance of a military unit
c : action, activity —usually used in plural
a : tendency, trend <detected a movement toward fairer pricing>
b : a series of organized activities working toward an objective; also : an organized effort to promote or attain an end <the civil rights movement>
: the moving parts of a mechanism that transmit a definite motion
a : motion 7
b : the rhythmic character or quality of a musical composition
c : a distinct structural unit or division having its own key, rhythmic structure, and themes and forming part of an extended musical composition
d : particular rhythmic flow of language : cadence
a : the quality (as in a painting or sculpture) of representing or suggesting motion
b : the vibrant quality in literature that comes from elements that constantly hold a reader's interest (as a quickly moving action-filled plot)
a : an act of voiding the bowels
b : matter expelled from the bowels at one passage
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Examples of MOVEMENT
- He developed an efficient system for movement of raw materials to the factory.
- studying the movements of the planets
- We wore loose clothes to allow for easier movement.
- the graceful movements of a dancer
- The police have been keeping a careful record of his movements.
- There's a movement afoot to rename the town.
- a book about the history of the civil rights movement
- They joined the antiwar movement.
First Known Use of MOVEMENT
: the act or process of moving and especially changing place or position : an instance of moving <the movement of the planets>
: a program or series of acts working toward a desired end <a reform movement>
: a mechanical arrangement (as of wheels) for causing a particular motion (as in a clock or watch)
: a section of a longer piece of music <a movement in a symphony>
: an emptying of waste matter from the bowels
: the act or process of moving
a : an act of voiding the bowels b : matter expelled from the bowels at one passage : stool
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