movement (n.)

late 14c., mevement, "change of position; passage from place to place," from Old French movement "movement, exercise; start, instigation" (Modern French mouvement), from Medieval Latin movimentum, from Latin movere "to move, set in motion" (from PIE root *meue- "to push away"). In the musical sense of "major division of a piece" it is attested from 1776; in the political/artistic/social sense of "course of acts and endeavors by a body of persons toward some specific end" is from 1828. Related: Movements.

updated on March 12, 2019

Definitions of movement from WordNet

movement (n.)
a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something;
Synonyms: motion
movement (n.)
a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals;
politicians have to respect a mass movement
he was a charter member of the movement
Synonyms: social movement / front
movement (n.)
a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata;
the second movement is slow and melodic
movement (n.)
a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end;
the movement to end slavery
Synonyms: campaign / cause / crusade / drive / effort
movement (n.)
an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object;
the succession of flashing lights gave an illusion of movement
Synonyms: apparent motion / motion / apparent movement
movement (n.)
a euphemism for defecation;
he had a bowel movement
Synonyms: bowel movement / bm
movement (n.)
a general tendency to change (as of opinion);
a broad movement of the electorate to the right
Synonyms: drift / trend
movement (n.)
the driving and regulating parts of a mechanism (as of a watch or clock);
it was an expensive watch with a diamond movement
movement (n.)
the act of changing the location of something;
the movement of cargo onto the vessel
movement (n.)
a change of position that does not entail a change of location;
movement is a sign of life
Synonyms: motion / move / motility
movement (n.)
the act of changing location from one place to another;
the movement of people from the farms to the cities
Synonyms: motion / move
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