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 movement

Contemporary Examples of movement

Historical Examples of movement

  • Mr. Gladstone may be regarded as the pioneer of the movement.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

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

  • 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



  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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

movement in Medicine




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


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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