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.
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.
- coun·ter·move·ment, noun
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How to use movement in a sentence
The FBI has identified the movement as a potential domestic terrorist threat.Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine; Biden says Americans shouldn’t trust Trump | Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
Plenty of nonprofits are pushing sustainable harvesting of palm oil and an international movement, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, is signing up companies to pledge to employ smart environmental practices.The Environmental Headache in Your Shampoo - Issue 90: Something Green | Anastasia Bendebury & Michael Shilo DeLay | September 16, 2020 | Nautilus
Agencies made similar moves two years ago in the wake of the Me Too movement.‘It’s all been plan, plan, plan mode:’ Agencies have big ideas for greater diversity, but more action is needed | Seb Joseph | September 15, 2020 | Digiday
The movement of other players has been neglected for a long time.
By the time we get to the final movement, the suspense is palpable.Beethoven’s 5th Symphony is a lesson in finding hope in adversity | Charlie Harding | September 11, 2020 | Vox
Any plans to grow her exercise movement must, she insists, remain “completely organic.”How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze | Lizzie Crocker | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the real mystery and injustice came from Brooke being essentially written out of the history of the civil rights movement.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America | John Avlon | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Where the force generating those threats is a widespread, self-sustaining, and virulent social movement?Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism | Arthur Chu | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The feminist movement has encouraged women that they can initiate romantic relationships, too.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating | Ellie Schaack | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | E.J. Graff | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Selections for practice should be chosen which contain much variety of thought and feeling and are smooth in movement.
Besides this fundamental or primary vibration, the movement divides itself into segments, or sections, of the entire length.
The major-general kept him well informed of every movement of the enemy, and pointed out the dangerous isolation of Davout.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
The significance of time is determined by the movement of any selection, or, in other words, the rhythm.
He sympathized with that movement which, during his childhood, culminated in the Cavite Conspiracy (vide p. 106).The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for movement
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cultural definitions for movement
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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