- a principal division or section of a sonata, symphony, or the like.
- motion; rhythm; time; tempo.
British Dictionary definitions for countermovement
- the act, process, or result of moving
- an instance of moving
- a group of people with a common ideology, esp a political or religious one
- the organized action of such a group
- the evacuation of the bowels
- the matter evacuated
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.
Medicine definitions for countermovement
Culture definitions for countermovement
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.