Definition of movement
1a (1) : the act or process of moving; especially : change of place or position or posture studying the movement of planets (2) : a particular instance or manner of moving was entranced by her graceful movementsb (1) : a tactical or strategic shifting of a military unit : maneuver (2) : the advance of a military unit the steady movement of troops across the borderc : action, activity —usually used in plural carefully watched the movements of the crowd
2a : tendency, trend detected a movement toward fairer pricingb : a series of organized activities working toward an objective; also : an organized effort to promote or attain an end the civil rights movement a movement to increase the minimum wage
3 : the moving parts of a mechanism that transmit a definite motion
4a : motion 7b : the rhythmic character or quality of a musical composition a dance movementc : a distinct structural unit or division having its own key, rhythmic structure, and themes and forming part of an extended musical composition The symphony consisted of three movements.d : particular rhythmic flow of language : cadence a poem's movement
5a : the quality (as in a painting or sculpture) of representing or suggesting motionb : the vibrant quality in literature that comes from elements that constantly hold a reader's interest (such as a quickly moving action-filled plot)
6a : an act of voiding (see 3void 2a) the bowelsb : matter expelled from the bowels at one passage
Examples of movement in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of movement from the Web
There's a movement to diversify festival lineups, and there is change coming.
Aspen Ideas Festival How Activism Can Advocate for Art—Sophie Gilbert discusses how Lil Buck and Jon Boogz use their performances to get people to reconsider what movement can do.
FBI agents and Louisiana State Police investigators traced Long's movements in the days leading up to the attack.
The retaliation sparked new hope for LGBTQ people across America and further led to the gay liberation movement a year later.
In the 1960s student activists pushed the administration at the University of California Berkeley to lift its ban on campus political advocacy, earning the school a reputation as the birthplace of the free speech movement.
The anti-vax movement is another example of how a combination of scientific illiteracy and proud ignorance can thrive in America.
Historically, armbands are worn to show affiliation with a political party or social movement, or as part of a military uniform.
Day of Dinners will allow those people to get engaged and make new movement family.
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First Known Use of movement
MOVEMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of movement for English Language Learners
: 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
MOVEMENT Defined for Kids
Definition of movement for Students
1 : the act or process of moving and especially changing place or position : an instance of moving the movement of the planets
2 : a program or series of acts working toward a desired end a reform movement
3 : a mechanical arrangement (as of wheels) for causing a particular motion (as in a clock or watch)
4 : a section of a longer piece of music a movement in a symphony
5 : an emptying of waste matter from the bowels
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