• WordNet 3.6
    • n movement 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"
    • n movement the act of changing the location of something "the movement of cargo onto the vessel"
    • n movement 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"
    • n movement 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"
    • n movement the driving and regulating parts of a mechanism (as of a watch or clock) "it was an expensive watch with a diamond movement"
    • n movement 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"
    • n movement a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata "the second movement is slow and melodic"
    • n movement a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
    • n movement 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"
    • n movement 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"
    • n movement a euphemism for defecation "he had a bowel movement"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A cow averages 40,000 jaw movements a day
    • Movement A more or less organized effort by many people to achieve some goal, especially a social or artistic goal; as, the women's liberation movement; the progressive movement in architecture.
    • Movement (Mech) A system of mechanism for transmitting motion of a definite character, or for transforming motion; as, the wheelwork of a watch; as, a seventeen jewel movement .
    • Movement Manner or style of moving; as, a slow, or quick, or sudden, movement .
    • Movement Motion of the mind or feelings; emotion.
    • Movement (Mus) 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.
    • Movement The act of moving in space; change of place or posture; motion; as, the movement of an army in marching or maneuvering; the movement of a wheel or a machine.
    • Movement (Mus) The rhythmical progression, pace, and tempo of a piece.
    • Movement Transference, by any means, from one situation to another; a change of situation; progress toward a goal; advancement; as, after months of fruitless discussion there was finally some movement toward an agreement.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An ant can detect a movement through 5 centimeters of earth
    • n movement The act or condition of moving, in any sense of that word.
    • n movement A particular act or motion; figuratively, a quality or effect as of motion.
    • n movement Action; incident.
    • n movement A course or series of actions or incidents moving more or less continuously in the direction of some specific end: as, the antislavery movement; a reactionary movement.
    • n movement The extent or value of commercial transactions for some specified time or place: as, the movement in coffee is insignificant.
    • n movement A particular form or arrangement of moving parts in mechanism: as, the movement of a watch (that is, all that part of a watch that is not the case); the movement of an organ or a pianoforte.
    • n movement Milit., a change of position of a body of troops in tactical or strategical evolutions.
    • n movement In music:
    • n movement Motion; melodic progression. See motion, 14.
    • n movement Rhythm; meter; accentual character: as, a march movement.
    • n movement Tempo; pace; relative speed of performance: as, with a quick movement.
    • n movement A principal division or section of an extended work, like a sonata or a symphony, having its own key, tempo, themes, and development, more or less distinct from the others.
    • n movement See the adjectives.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bulls don't really get angry when they see the color red, it's really movement that makes them charge.
    • ns Movement act or manner of moving: change of position: motion of the mind, emotion: a series of incidents moving continuously towards one end: particular arrangement of the moving parts in a mechanism, esp. the wheelwork of a clock or watch: :
    • ns Movement (mil.) a strategic change of position
    • ns Movement (mus.) melodic progression, accentual character, tempo or pace
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  • Bertrand Russell
    “All movements go too far.”
  • Martha Graham
    Martha Graham
    “Nothing is more revealing than movement.”
  • Maya Angelou
    “The sadness of the women's movement is that they don't allow the necessity of love. See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.”
  • J. S. Habgood
    J. S. Habgood
    “Movements born in hatred very quickly take on the characteristics of the thing they oppose.”
  • Count Boytzwnburg
    Count Boytzwnburg
    “The government must always be a step ahead of the popular movement.”
  • Wyndham Lewis
    “Prostration is our natural position. A worm-like movement from a spot of sunlight to a spot of shade, and back, is the type of movement that is natural to men.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mouvement,. See Move, and cf. Moment
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. movoir (Fr. mouvoir)—L. movēre, to move.


In literature:

To movement, then, everything will be restored, and into movement everything will be resolved.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
Of course our unfolding of the subject must follow the movement of the poem, but we shall not neglect the movement of the individual.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
The instructor should first indicate the number of movements that are to be combined as =two movements= or =three movements=.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
It was now proposed to send these troops to South America to quell the revolutionary movements there.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
For the movements to be described are essentially rural-school movements.
"Chapters in Rural Progress" by Kenyon L. Butterfield
We can divide the movements of the stars into two great classes: the real movements and the apparent movements.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
The characteristics of price movements.
"The Settlement of Wage Disputes" by Herbert Feis
Little Marjorie went off with the men who were securing the horses, and Alice stood watching her husband's movements.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Availability of water supplies is determined by the movement or flow of water as well as by its distribution and amount.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
The movement in Italy.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley

In poetry:

There are two Hearts whose movements thrill,
In unison so closely sweet,
That Pulse to Pulse responsive still
They Both must heave, or cease to beat.
"Stanzas To Jessy" by Lord George Gordon Byron
"And, when a movement chas'd that fear,
And gave thy heart-blood leave to flow,
In thrilling awe the prayer to hear
Through the clos'd curtain murmur'd low!
"The Lay Of Marie - Canto Second" by Matilda Betham
In the still and silent night,
When I sit me down to write,
There is mystery and ease,
In the movement of the keys,
And the smooth and even run
Of my magic Remington.
"My Remington" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
What! if unfelt by thee, transporting bliss,
Unknown the raptures of love's thrilling smart;
Unfelt the eloquent, the tender kiss:
Unknown, the melting movements of the heart.
"Indifference" by Charlotte Dacre
Bind up, bind up your dark bright hair
And hide the smouldering sunken fire.
Let it be held no more than fair,
Nor yourself guess how rare, how rare
Its movement, colour and deep fire.
"Take Care, Take Care" by John Freeman
In meadows fanned by heaven's life-breathing wind,
In the resplendence of that glorious sphere,
And larger movements of the unfettered mind,
Wilt thou forget the love that joined us here?
"The Future Life" by William Cullen Bryant

In news:

Smog, a founding brand of the US dubstep movement, is hoping to change that one night at a time.
The place is named for so-called jazz purists who decried the 1920s swing that supplanted traditional New Orleans jazz—and for those who defended swing against a nascent bebop movement.
The East End of Long Island is known as one of the birthplaces of the environmental movement, when suburban sprawl in the 1970s bumped up against a near pristine region of clean water and healthy scenery.
One, Two, Three, Four, Can a Columbia Movement Rise Once More.
"This species is very sensitive to movement and things that are reflective," Kim says.
Electric-blue dragonflies, dust-brown grasshoppers and a few thumb-size toads make constant little movements around an irrigation pond.
Man behind Stop Kony movement detained for lewd behaviour : Reports.
Women's Bela watch, stainless steel case and bangle bracelet, black Museum dial, Swiss quartz movement.
Iran hosts Non-Aligned Movement summit.
Movement can be an effective, fun way to get a workout.
If Warhol is the king of Pop art, then Roy Lichtenstein is the movement's crown prince.
The surprising—and continuing—influence of Swami Vivekananda, the pied piper of the global yoga movement.
Every couple of inches or so, the movement stops so the work crews can make adjustments.
More people are starting to pay attention to the green movement, so sustainability programs like the one Evergreen promotes are very important to the future.
In history class, we've learned that behind these revolutionary phrases, many great men and women led powerful movements.

In science:

In the Poissonwith-background problem, the undesirable movement was not large, but in the Gaussianwith-boundary problem, the effect is quite substantial.
Application of Conditioning to the Gaussian-with-Boundary Problem in the Unified Approach to Confidence Intervals
The relative movement (sliding) of flexible ”snake-like” polyeffectons occurs without phonons excitation in the volumes of IR deformons, equal to that of macrodeformons.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
When the behavior code is executed each module describes what movement (if any) it wants to perform at the end of the cycle.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
The control programs in the modules are not directly notified of the outcome of their movement requests (by means of an exception, for example).
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
Rather than the position, the movement of the ob ject must be defined.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System