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 driving and regulating parts of a mechanism ( as of a watch or clock); " it was an expensive watch with a diamond movement"
  13. 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.
  14. Motion of the mind or feelings; emotion.
  15. Manner or style of moving; as, a slow, or quick, or sudden, movement.
  16. The rhythmical progression, pace, and tempo of a piece.
  17. 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.
  18. A system of mechanism for transmitting motion of a definite character, or for transforming motion; as, the wheelwork of a watch.
  19. The act, process, or result of passing from one place or position to another. It differs from LOCOMOTION in that locomotion is restricted to the passing of the whole body from one place to another, while movement encompasses both locomotion but also a change of the position of the whole body or any of its parts. Movement may be used with reference to humans, vertebrate and invertebrate animals, and microorganisms. Differentiate also from MOTOR ACTIVITY, movement associated with behavior.
  20. 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.
  21. 1. The act of changing position, of passing from one place to another. 2. A discharge of feces from the rectum.
  22. Fecal discharge. Motion.
  23. 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.
  24. Act of moving; emotion; machinery of a timepiece; in mus., part having a certain time.
  25. Change of place or position; rate of moving.
  26. An arrangement of moving parts, as in a watch.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.

Usage examples for movement

  1. He made a movement of pleasure. – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  2. I called to him, but he made no movement – Castles in the Air by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  3. With a quick movement he opened the book before them. – The Madigans by Miriam Michelson
  4. He dressed slowly, feeling each movement of his body as though it were for the first time. – O+F by John Moncure Wetterau
  5. There is only one natural movement of an arm in that case. – The Film Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve
  6. Is it not by movement – All Around the Moon by Jules Verne
  7. But the girl made no movement – Louisiana by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  8. Gordon's eyes watched her every movement – The Son of his Father by Ridgwell Cullum
  9. Evidently every movement was painful. – Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman by Emma Speed Sampson
  10. She made a movement to escape. – The Crystal Stopper by Maurice LeBlanc
  11. With one movement of heads, all eyes turned to him. – King Spruce, A Novel by Holman Day
  12. 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
  13. This movement however, never gained strength enough to be serious. – A History of the Republican Party by George Washington Platt
  14. " I will get out," he said again to himself with an impatient movement – Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Closer that movement came, grew plainer. – The Metal Monster by A. Merritt
  19. The first movement comes from Enrica. – The Italians by Frances Elliot
  20. 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