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movement

[moov-muh nt] /ˈmuv mənt/
noun
1.
the act, process, or result of moving.
2.
a particular manner or style of moving.
3.
Usually, movements. actions or activities, as of a person or a body of persons.
4.
Military, Naval. a change of position or location of troops or ships.
5.
abundance of events or incidents.
6.
rapid progress of events.
7.
the progress of events, as in a narrative or drama.
8.
Fine Arts. the suggestion of motion in a work of art, either by represented gesture in figurative painting or sculpture or by the relationship of structural elements in a design or composition.
9.
a progressive development of ideas toward a particular conclusion:
the movement of his thought.
10.
a series of actions or activities intended or tending toward a particular end:
the movement toward universal suffrage.
11.
the course, tendency, or trend of affairs in a particular field.
12.
a diffusely organized or heterogeneous group of people or organizations tending toward or favoring a generalized common goal:
the antislavery movement; the realistic movement in art.
13.
the price change in the market of some commodity or security:
an upward movement in the price of butter.
15.
the working parts or a distinct portion of the working parts of a mechanism, as of a watch.
16.
Music.
  1. a principal division or section of a sonata, symphony, or the like.
  2. motion; rhythm; time; tempo.
17.
Prosody. rhythmical structure or character.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French; see move, -ment
Related forms
countermovement, noun
Synonyms
1. See motion. 5. eventfulness.
Antonyms
1. inertia, stasis.
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Examples from the web for movement
  • They had run an experiment to record electrical activity from neurons specialized for hand movement in two pigtail macaques.
  • Physical movement begins as electrical impulses generated by the activity of thousands of nerve cells.
  • Laughter and cheers cause a buzz of activity in brain regions that control facial movement.
  • But in almost every other respect, mainstream news media outlets have been put right in the middle by the movement.
  • If the movement is gaining support, my guess is that the blog should grow.
  • How the eyes can see movement where it does not exist.
  • Wispy and tall, the plant's fronds sway in the wind, adding movement to the garden.
  • The wiggle trace measures the vertical movement the seismometer experiences from the seismic waves.
  • Uncoordinated movement is a muscle control problem or an inability to finely coordinate movements.
  • In fact, responsible and ethical fiscal management is a key area of the accountability movement within higher education.
British Dictionary definitions for movement

movement

/ˈmuːvmənt/
noun
1.
  1. the act, process, or result of moving
  2. an instance of moving
2.
the manner of moving
3.
  1. a group of people with a common ideology, esp a political or religious one
  2. the organized action of such a group
4.
a trend or tendency in a particular sphere
5.
the driving and regulating mechanism of a watch or clock
6.
(often pl) a person's location and activities during a specific time
7.
  1. the evacuation of the bowels
  2. the matter evacuated
8.
(music) a principal self-contained section of a symphony, sonata, etc, usually having its own structure
9.
tempo or pace, as in music or literature
10.
(fine arts) the appearance of motion in painting, sculpture, etc
11.
(prosody) the rhythmic structure of verse
12.
a positional change by one or a number of military units
13.
a change in the market price of a security or commodity
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Word Origin and History for movement
n.

late 14c., from Old French movement "movement, exercise; start, instigation" (Modern French mouvement), from Medieval Latin movimentum, from Latin movere (see move (v.)). In the musical sense of "major division of a piece" it is attested from 1776; in the political/social sense, from 1828. Related: Movements.

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movement in Medicine

movement move·ment (mōōv'mənt)
n.

  1. The act or an instance of moving; a change in place or position.

  2. An evacuation of the bowels; defecation.

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movement in Culture

movement definition


In music, a self-contained division of a long work; each movement usually has its own tempo. A long, undivided composition is said to be in one movement.

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