movement

noun
move·​ment | \ ˈmüv-mənt How to pronounce movement (audio) \

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 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
2a : 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
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
5a : 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)
6a : an act of voiding (see void entry 3 sense 2a) the bowels : bowel movement sense 3a
b : matter expelled from the bowels at one passage : stool sense 3a

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Synonyms & Antonyms for movement

Synonyms

motion, move, shift, shifting, stir, stirring

Antonyms

motionlessness

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Women and society at large would be remiss to stop the conversation at the firing and social exclusion of men exposed by the #MeToo movement. Zainab Salbi, Fortune, "Punishing Sexual Predators Isn’t Enough. We Need to Give Them a Path to Make Things Right," 17 Sep. 2019 The new study is an analysis of responses from 13,310 adult women who participated in nationally representative U.S. government health surveys from 2011 to 2017, before the #MeToo movement went viral. Lindsey Tanner, Los Angeles Times, "About 1 in 16 U.S. women say they were forced or coerced into losing their virginity," 16 Sep. 2019 Social media is fertile ground for the #MeToo movement. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Win, Lose or Heal: The Women Of 'Surviving R. Kelly' On The Docuseries Impact," 15 Sep. 2019 In the greater arc of the #MeToo movement, lawyers have lurked in the shadows, unnamed scribes formalizing agreements meant to stay secret. Elizabeth C. Tippett, The Conversation, "Weinstein may be a monster, but the lawyers who enabled him are the real villains in #MeToo takedown ‘She Said’," 12 Sep. 2019 The two of us sat down and easily started chatting about her decision to come back to TV, the way The Morning Show tackles the #MeToo movement — hint: head on — and how her experience as a woman in Hollywood led to this role as a TV anchor. Samantha Highfill, EW.com, "Reporter's Notebook: Inside EW's trip to Jennifer Aniston's home and dinner with Reese Witherspoon," 11 Sep. 2019 Several new instruments, one to record fish populations and movements and another to measure dissolved organic material, were supposed to be installed this month. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "Suspect surfaces in the mysterious case of the underwater research station that vanished," 9 Sep. 2019 As the #MeToo movement took root in the South Korean entertainment scene not long after in 2018, filmmakers were called upon to adjust what had become almost routine depictions in the local industry of violence against female characters. Danny Kim, The Hollywood Reporter, "Toronto: Crime Wave Hits South Korean Cinema," 8 Sep. 2019 Heard said her intention was to highlight the potential implications brought upon by the #MeToo movement. Cicero Estrella, The Mercury News, "Amber Heard adds high-profile attorney to challenge Johnny Depp’s $50 million lawsuit," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of movement

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

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The first known use of movement was in the 14th century

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movement

noun

English Language Learners Definition of movement

: 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

noun
move·​ment | \ ˈmüv-mənt How to pronounce movement (audio) \

Kids Definition of movement

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

movement

noun
move·​ment | \ ˈmüv-mənt How to pronounce movement (audio) \

Medical Definition of movement

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

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