the act, process, or result of moving.
a particular manner or style of moving.
Usually, movements. actions or activities, as of a person or a body of persons.
Military, Naval. a change of position or location of troops or ships.
abundance of events or incidents.
rapid progress of events.
the progress of events, as in a narrative or drama.
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.
a progressive development of ideas toward a particular conclusion: the movement of his thought.
a series of actions or activities intended or tending toward a particular end: the movement toward universal suffrage.
the course, tendency, or trend of affairs in a particular field.
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.
the price change in the market of some commodity or security: an upward movement in the price of butter.
the working parts or a distinct portion of the working parts of a mechanism, as of a watch.
a principal division or section of a sonata, symphony, or the like.
motion; rhythm; time; tempo.
Prosody. rhythmical structure or character.

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French; see move, -ment

countermovement, noun

1. See motion. 5. eventfulness.

1. inertia, stasis. Unabridged
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movement (ˈmuːvmənt)
1.  a.  the act, process, or result of moving
 b.  an instance of moving
2.  the manner of moving
3.  a.  a group of people with a common ideology, esp a political or religious one
 b.  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 plural) a person's location and activities during a specific time
7.  a.  the evacuation of the bowels
 b.  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 & History

late 14c., from move (q.v.). In the musical sense of "major division of a piece" it is attested from 1776; in the political/social sense, from 1828.
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Medical Dictionary

movement move·ment (mōōv'mənt)

  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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Cultural Dictionary

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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Example sentences for movements
Roads to dominion rightwing movements and political power in the united states.
He also included fugal sections in the final movements of his string quartet no.
Performers attempt to evade the bull solely through the swiftness of their
For example, prolife and prochoice movements are countermovements to each other.
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