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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This program integrates nature exploration, art, literature, movement and outdoor play. oregonlive, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Renovation and Landscaping Show, dahlia fest and more," 30 Aug. 2019 That's one area where the environmental movement and extraction industry agree. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Who are the biggest U.S. methane emitters?," 30 Aug. 2019 One executive made some sudden movements and the horse was gone, Pagenstern recounted. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "What executives can learn from a horse," 29 Aug. 2019 The neurological disorder causes tremors, slowed movement and balance problems, among other symptoms, and eventually leads to dementia. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "‘Super Smeller’ Grandmother Can Detect Parkinson’s Disease by People’s Scent," 29 Aug. 2019 Ghungroo bells worn on dancers’ feet, mridangam and tabla drums, ektara single-string instruments, Bharatanatyam dance movements and tala clapping and tapping allow people across the country to express themselves. Laura Latzko, azcentral, "India's colorful cultural heritage takes center stage at MIM celebration," 29 Aug. 2019 The class taught the value of movement and the ability to imagine and work one’s body in all the ways that can tell or enhance a story. Marcia Mannawriter, San Diego Union-Tribune, "In Mojalet Dance Collective’s ‘Red: Man, Rascal, Clown,’ Red Skelton’s spirit lives on," 29 Aug. 2019 For instance, some employers already have badges that track and monitor workers’ movements and conversations. Jeffrey Hirsch, The Conversation, "Worker-protection laws aren’t ready for an automated future," 28 Aug. 2019 All of those movements and determinations are what comes pre-snap, when Herbert will be having to decipher looks as well. al, "Auburn DC Kevin Steele’s scheme will test mettle of Oregon’s Jake Hanson, Justin Herbert," 28 Aug. 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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