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

  • noun One that moves.
  • noun One that sets something in motion or initiates something.
  • noun A firm that transports household or office goods from one location to another.
  • noun A person who works for such a firm.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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