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movement

[moov-muh nt]
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noun
  1. the act, process, or result of moving.
  2. a particular manner or style of moving.
  3. Usually movements. actions or activities, as of a person or a body of persons.
  4. Military, Naval. a change of position or location of troops or ships.
  5. abundance of events or incidents.
  6. rapid progress of events.
  7. the progress of events, as in a narrative or drama.
  8. 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.
  9. a progressive development of ideas toward a particular conclusion: the movement of his thought.
  10. a series of actions or activities intended or tending toward a particular end: the movement toward universal suffrage.
  11. the course, tendency, or trend of affairs in a particular field.
  12. 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.
  13. the price change in the market of some commodity or security: an upward movement in the price of butter.
  14. bowel movement.
  15. the working parts or a distinct portion of the working parts of a mechanism, as of a watch.
  16. Music.
    1. a principal division or section of a sonata, symphony, or the like.
    2. motion; rhythm; time; tempo.
  17. Prosody. rhythmical structure or character.

Origin of movement

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French; see move, -ment
Related formscoun·ter·move·ment, noun

Synonyms

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1. See motion. 5. eventfulness.

Antonyms

1. inertia, stasis.
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  • But Jeff Rankin swept all argument away with a movement of his big paws.

  • 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.

  • Nevertheless, not one movement of young Ried escaped the notice of some of them.

  • So vigorous was her movement that Cassidy's clasp was thrown off the wrist.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana


British Dictionary definitions for movement

movement

noun
    1. the act, process, or result of moving
    2. an instance of moving
  1. the manner of moving
    1. a group of people with a common ideology, esp a political or religious one
    2. the organized action of such a group
  2. a trend or tendency in a particular sphere
  3. the driving and regulating mechanism of a watch or clock
  4. (often plural) a person's location and activities during a specific time
    1. the evacuation of the bowels
    2. the matter evacuated
  5. music a principal self-contained section of a symphony, sonata, etc, usually having its own structure
  6. tempo or pace, as in music or literature
  7. fine arts the appearance of motion in painting, sculpture, etc
  8. prosody the rhythmic structure of verse
  9. a positional change by one or a number of military units
  10. a change in the market price of a security or commodity
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Word Origin and History for movement

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

movement in Medicine

associated movement

(ə-sōshē-ā′tĭd, -sē-)
n.
  1. Involuntary movement in one limb corresponding to a voluntary movement in the opposite limb.
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movement in Culture

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.

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