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Definitions of movement

  1. an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object; " the cinema relies on apparent motion"; " the succession of flashing lights gave an illusion of movement"
  2. a euphemism for defecation; " he had a bowel movement"
  3. a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; " he supported populist campaigns"; " they worked in the cause of world peace"; " the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; " the movement to end slavery"; " contributed to the war effort"
  4. a general tendency to change ( as of opinion); " not openly liberal but that is the trend of the book"; " a broad movement of the electorate to the right"
  5. a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals; " he was a charter member of the movement"; " politicians have to respect a mass movement"; " he led the national liberation front"
  6. a change of position that does not entail a change of location; " the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; " movement is a sign of life"; " an impatient move of his hand"; " gastrointestinal motility"
  7. the act of changing your location from one place to another; " police controlled the motion of the crowd"; " the movement of people from the farms to the cities"; " his move put him directly in my path"
  8. a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
  9. the act of changing the location of something; " the movement of cargo onto the vessel"
  10. a major self- contained part of a symphony or sonata; " the second movement is slow and melodic"
  11. the act of changing location from one place to another; " police controlled the motion of the crowd"; " the movement of people from the farms to the cities"; " his move put him directly in my path"
  12. The act of moving; change of place or posture; transference, by any means, from one situation to another; natural or appropriate motion; progress; advancement; as, the movement of an army in marching or maneuvering; the movement of a wheel or a machine; the party of movement.
  13. Motion of the mind or feelings; emotion.
  14. Manner or style of moving; as, a slow, or quick, or sudden, movement.
  15. The rhythmical progression, pace, and tempo of a piece.
  16. One of the several strains or pieces, each complete in itself, with its own time and rhythm, which make up a larger work; as, the several movements of a suite or a symphony.
  17. The act of changing place; any change of place or position; a series of acts and events which progress toward a desired end or aim; as, the temperance movement; the delicate wheelworks of a watch or clock; any single part in a musical composition; the act of throwing wastes from the body through the bowels.
  18. Act or manner of moving: change of position: motion of the mind, emotion: the wheel- work of a clock or watch: ( mus.) a part having the same time.
  19. Act of moving; emotion; machinery of a timepiece; in mus., part having a certain time.
  20. Change of place or position; rate of moving.
  21. An arrangement of moving parts, as in a watch.
  22. Motion; a passing, progression, or flowing; change of position; manner of moving; excitement; agitation; any single strain having the same measure or time; the entire wheel- work of a clock or watch; the regular orderly motions of an army, comprehending marches, manoenvres, & c. Party of movement, the popular party Movement maker, a manufacturer of the internal machinery of watches or clocks.
  23. The act or manner of moving; a passing; any change of position; motion; excitement; any single part in music; the wheel- work of a watch; an agitation or proceeding undertaken to accomplish certain purposes, or to effect desired changes, as in political or ecclesiastical affairs, or in matters affecting social life.
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Usage examples for movement

  1. He made a movement of pleasure. – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  2. Evidently every movement was painful. – Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman by Emma Speed Sampson
  3. " I will get out," he said again to himself with an impatient movement. – Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley
  4. Closer that movement came, grew plainer. – The Metal Monster by A. Merritt
  5. He might therefore be tempted to lay it down as a rule that Black never moved unless White moved first- that an effect never occurred without a cause; and that a movement of White was always followed by a move on the part of Black- that a cause was always followed by its effect. – Evolution by Frank B. Jevons
  6. But the girl made no movement. – Louisiana by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  7. Turning my eyes from him, I took another glance at the house, which by this movement I had brought directly before me. – A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green
  8. She made a movement to escape. – The Crystal Stopper by Maurice LeBlanc
  9. With one movement of heads, all eyes turned to him. – King Spruce, A Novel by Holman Day
  10. He dressed slowly, feeling each movement of his body as though it were for the first time. – O+F by John Moncure Wetterau
  11. The first movement comes from Enrica. – The Italians by Frances Elliot
  12. This movement, however, never gained strength enough to be serious. – A History of the Republican Party by George Washington Platt
  13. With a quick movement he opened the book before them. – The Madigans by Miriam Michelson
  14. At that time the thought of such a movement had not occurred to me. – Reminiscences of Sixty Years in Public Affairs, Vol. 1 by George Boutwell
  15. There is only one natural movement of an arm in that case. – The Film Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve
  16. As neither arms nor shoulders may be used, this is done entirely by a side movement of the free leg. – Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium by Jessie H. Bancroft
  17. I called to him, but he made no movement. – Castles in the Air by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  18. She's lovely, and very much interested in this Camp Fire movement. – Ethel Hollister's Second Summer as a Campfire Girl by Irene Elliott Benson
  19. Is it not by movement? – All Around the Moon by Jules Verne
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