movement

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noun move·ment \ ˈmüv-mənt \

Definition of movement

1 a (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 movements
b (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 border
c :action, activity usually used in plural
  • carefully watched the movements of the crowd
2 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
  • a movement to increase the minimum wage
3 :the moving parts of a mechanism that transmit a definite motion
4 a :motion 7
b :the rhythmic character or quality of a musical composition
  • a dance movement
c :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
5 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 (such as a quickly moving action-filled plot)
6 a :an act of voiding (see 3void 2a) the bowels
b :matter expelled from the bowels at one passage

Examples of movement in a Sentence

  1. He developed an efficient system for movement of raw materials to the factory.

  2. studying the movements of the planets

  3. We wore loose clothes to allow for easier movement.

  4. the graceful movements of a dancer

  5. The police have been keeping a careful record of his movements.

  6. There's a movement afoot to rename the town.

  7. a book about the history of the civil rights movement

  8. They joined the antiwar movement.

Recent Examples of movement from the Web

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First Known Use of movement

14th century



MOVEMENT Defined for English Language Learners

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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

movement

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noun move·ment \ ˈmüv-mənt \

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

Medical Dictionary

movement

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noun move·ment \ ˈmüv-mənt \

medical Definition of movement

1 :the act or process of moving
2 a :an act of voiding the bowels :bowel movement
b :matter expelled from the bowels at one passage :stool


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