- the act, process, or result of moving.
- a particular manner or style of moving.
- Usually movements. actions or activities, as of a person or a body of persons.
- Military, Naval. a change of position or location of troops or ships.
- abundance of events or incidents.
- rapid progress of events.
- the progress of events, as in a narrative or drama.
- Fine Arts. the suggestion of motion in a work of art, either by represented gesture in figurative painting or sculpture or by the relationship of structural elements in a design or composition.
- a progressive development of ideas toward a particular conclusion: the movement of his thought.
- a series of actions or activities intended or tending toward a particular end: the movement toward universal suffrage.
- the course, tendency, or trend of affairs in a particular field.
- a diffusely organized or heterogeneous group of people or organizations tending toward or favoring a generalized common goal: the antislavery movement; the realistic movement in art.
- the price change in the market of some commodity or security: an upward movement in the price of butter.
- bowel movement.
- the working parts or a distinct portion of the working parts of a mechanism, as of a watch.
- a principal division or section of a sonata, symphony, or the like.
- motion; rhythm; time; tempo.
- Prosody. rhythmical structure or character.
Origin of movement
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Examples from the Web for countermovement
- the act, process, or result of moving
- an instance of moving
- the manner of moving
- a group of people with a common ideology, esp a political or religious one
- the organized action of such a group
- a trend or tendency in a particular sphere
- the driving and regulating mechanism of a watch or clock
- (often plural) a person's location and activities during a specific time
- the evacuation of the bowels
- the matter evacuated
- music a principal self-contained section of a symphony, sonata, etc, usually having its own structure
- tempo or pace, as in music or literature
- fine arts the appearance of motion in painting, sculpture, etc
- prosody the rhythmic structure of verse
- a positional change by one or a number of military units
- a change in the market price of a security or commodity
Word Origin and History for countermovement
late 14c., from Old French movement "movement, exercise; start, instigation" (Modern French mouvement), from Medieval Latin movimentum, from Latin movere (see move (v.)). In the musical sense of "major division of a piece" it is attested from 1776; in the political/social sense, from 1828. Related: Movements.
- The act or an instance of moving; a change in place or position.
- An evacuation of the bowels; defecation.
In music, a self-contained division of a long work; each movement usually has its own tempo. A long, undivided composition is said to be in one movement.