- 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 movement
Even in the parts of the movement he does cover, some people and efforts are missing.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality
December 30, 2014
DeCrow would come to lead a movement against this practice, suing the Hotel Syracuse in 1969 and calling for protests and sit-ins.
Though the bar closed soon after, a movement had been sparked, and when it reopened in 1990, history was revived.
It happened and it was a group of maybe 200 in a movement that has drawn tens of thousands in New York alone.The Monsters Who Screamed for Dead Cops
December 23, 2014
And I would like for this generation to define its own movement.Dr. Howard Fuller's Injustice Education
December 21, 2014
But Jeff Rankin swept all argument away with a movement of his big paws.Way of the Lawless
Mr. Gladstone may be regarded as the pioneer of the movement.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
There was a movement in her throat as though she swallowed something hard.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Nevertheless, not one movement of young Ried escaped the notice of some of them.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
So vigorous was her movement that Cassidy's clasp was thrown off the wrist.Within the Law
- 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 movement
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.
- Involuntary movement in one limb corresponding to a voluntary movement in the opposite limb.
civil rights movement
The national effort made by black people and their supporters in the 1950s and 1960s to eliminate segregation and gain equal rights. The first large episode in the movement, a boycott of the city buses in Montgomery, Alabama, was touched off by the refusal of one black woman, Rosa Parks, to give up her seat on a bus to a white person. A number of sit-ins and similar demonstrations followed. A high point of the civil rights movement was a rally by hundreds of thousands in Washington, D.C., in 1963, at which a leader of the movement, Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his “I have a dream” speech. The federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 authorized federal action against segregation in public accommodations, public facilities, and employment. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed after large demonstrations in Selma, Alabama, which drew some violent responses. The Fair Housing Act, prohibiting discrimination by race in housing, was passed in 1968.
After such legislative victories, the civil rights movement shifted emphasis toward education and changing the attitudes of white people. Some civil rights supporters turned toward militant movements (see Black Power), and several riots erupted in the late 1960s over racial questions (see Watts riots). The Bakke decision of 1978 guardedly endorsed affirmative action.