from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of moving; a change in place or position.
  • n. A particular manner of moving.
  • n. A change in the location of troops, ships, or aircraft for tactical or strategic purposes.
  • n. A series of actions and events taking place over a period of time and working to foster a principle or policy: a movement toward world peace.
  • n. An organized effort by supporters of a common goal: a leader of the labor movement.
  • n. A tendency or trend: a movement toward larger kitchens.
  • n. A change in the market price of a security or commodity.
  • n. An evacuation of the bowels.
  • n. The matter so evacuated.
  • n. The suggestion or illusion of motion in a painting, sculpture, or design.
  • n. The progression of events in the development of a literary plot.
  • n. The rhythmical or metrical structure of a poetic composition.
  • n. Music A self-contained section of an extended composition.
  • n. A mechanism, such as the works of a watch, that produces or transmits motion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Physical motion between points in space.
  • n. For a clockwork, a clock, or a watch, a device that cuts time in equal portions.
  • n. The impression of motion in an artwork, painting, novel etc.
  • n. A trend in various fields or social categories, a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals
  • n. A large division of a larger composition.
  • n. An instance of an aircraft taking off or landing.
  • n. The deviation of a pitch from ballistic flight.
  • n. An act of emptying the bowels.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of moving in space; change of place or posture; motion.
  • n. Manner or style of moving.
  • n. Transference, by any means, from one situation to another; a change of situation; progress toward a goal; advancement.
  • n. Motion of the mind or feelings; emotion.
  • n.
  • n. The rhythmical progression, pace, and tempo of a piece.
  • n. One of the several strains or pieces, each complete in itself, with its own time and rhythm, which make up a larger work.
  • n. A system of mechanism for transmitting motion of a definite character, or for transforming motion; as, the wheelwork of a watch.
  • n. A more or less organized effort by many people to achieve some goal, especially a social or artistic goal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or condition of moving, in any sense of that word.
  • n. A particular act or motion; figuratively, a quality or effect as of motion.
  • n. Action; incident.
  • n. 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. The extent or value of commercial transactions for some specified time or place: as, the movement in coffee is insignificant.
  • n. 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. Milit., a change of position of a body of troops in tactical or strategical evolutions.
  • n. In music:
  • n. Motion; melodic progression. See motion, 14.
  • n. Rhythm; meter; accentual character: as, a march movement.
  • n. Tempo; pace; relative speed of performance: as, with a quick movement.
  • n. 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. See the adjectives.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a euphemism for defecation
  • n. a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
  • n. a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals
  • n. the act of changing the location of something
  • n. a change of position that does not entail a change of location
  • n. a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
  • n. a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata
  • n. a general tendency to change (as of opinion)
  • n. the driving and regulating parts of a mechanism (as of a watch or clock)
  • n. the act of changing location from one place to another
  • n. an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object


From Old French movement (modern French mouvement), from Medieval Latin movimentum, from Latin movere ("move"). (Wiktionary)


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