from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or an instance of moving; a change in place or position.
  • noun A particular manner of moving.
  • noun A change in the location of troops, ships, or aircraft for tactical or strategic purposes.
  • noun A series of actions and events taking place over a period of time and working to foster a principle or policy.
  • noun An organized effort by supporters of a common goal.
  • noun A tendency or trend.
  • noun A change in the market price of a security or commodity.
  • noun An evacuation of the bowels.
  • noun The matter so evacuated.
  • noun The suggestion or illusion of motion in a painting, sculpture, or design.
  • noun The progression of events in the development of a literary plot.
  • noun The rhythmical or metrical structure of a poetic composition.
  • noun Music A self-contained section of an extended composition.
  • noun Linguistics In generative grammar, a transformation in which a constituent in one part of a syntactic structure is copied or displaced into a different location, creating a new structure.
  • noun A mechanism, such as the works of a watch, that produces or transmits motion.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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



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