Origin of movement

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

Synonyms for movement

1. See motion. 5. eventfulness.

Antonyms for movement Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for countermovement

Historical Examples of countermovement

  • As soon as this is widely recognized, a countermovement ought to start.

  • Several times it moves eastward and collides with a countermovement from the east westward.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

British Dictionary definitions for countermovement



  1. the act, process, or result of moving
  2. an instance of moving
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
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
  1. the evacuation of the bowels
  2. 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
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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.

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Medicine definitions for countermovement




The act or an instance of moving; a change in place or position.
An evacuation of the bowels; defecation.
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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.

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