Definitions

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

  • n. One that moves: a fast mover in corporate circles.
  • n. One that transports household or office goods from one location to another as an occupation. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who or something which moves.
  • n. A dancer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person or thing that moves, stirs, or changes place.
  • n. A person or thing that imparts motion, or causes change of place; a motor.
  • n. One who, or that which, excites, instigates, or causes movement, change, etc..
  • n. A proposer; one who offers a proposition, or recommends anything for consideration or adoption.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which imparts motion or impels to action.
  • n. One who or that which is in motion or action.
  • n. A proposer; one who submits a proposition or recommends anything for consideration or adoption: as, the mover of a resolution in a legislative body.
  • n. One whose business is to move furniture and other household goods, as from one place of residence to another.
  • n. The first cause.

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

  • n. (parliamentary procedure) someone who makes a formal motion
  • n. someone who moves
  • n. a company that moves the possessions of a family or business from one site to another
  • n. workman employed by a moving company

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Examples

  • As Draper Fisher Jurvetson partner Tim Draper told USA Today in October 1999, the first-mover is "usual the (company) that's going to win it."

    Are Small Investors Irrational?, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • So although the board has no claim on being the main mover on energy policy formation -- which remains the prime responsibility of the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources -- the board has a certain degree of influence in the shaping of energy policy.

    Energy and a Sense of Balance

  • I think our Institute can proudly claim that it has been the main mover and organizer of the creation of the knowledge and information about the British Empire that is now so general.

    Throne and Empire

  • By degrees they made an incomprehensible being of this energy, which as before they personified, this they called the mover of nature, divided it into two, one congenial to man's happiness, the other inimical to his welfare; these they deified in the same manner as they had before done nature with her various parts.

    The System of Nature, Volume 2

  • There are a bunch of different types of psychic abilities: A watcher can see the future, A mover is telekinetic, Sniffers who can see the history of an object, Shifts can temporarily change the shape of things, Wipers can wipe your memory, and pushers can put thoughts in other people’s heads.

    Push Movie Trailer | /Film

  • In the world of standards the second-mover is the decision-maker, the first-mover is at the second guy’s mercy.

    Scripting News for 3/19/2006 « Scripting News Annex

  • Always known as a mover and shaker, the official start of Burke's rebuilding efforts could come at the March 4 trade deadline.

    Q&A: Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke

  • Patti Stanger is what you might call a mover and a shaker.

    Holly Cara Price: Rubbernecking: The Millionaire Matchmaker, Season 2 Premiere

  • Which is funny, because I'm not exactly what you'd call a mover and shaker in the music world.

    Green Man Music Festival

  • WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 - As a high-flying Republican lobbyist, Jack Abramoff has long been known as a mover and shaker in Washington.

    Greenspan's Parting Shot

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