AskDefine | Define movement

Dictionary Definition



1 a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility" [syn: motion, move, motility]
2 a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something [syn: motion]
3 the act of changing location from one place to another; "police controlled the motion of the crowd"; "the movement of people from the farms to the cities"; "his move put him directly in my path" [syn: motion, move]
4 a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals; "he was a charter member of the movement"; "politicians have to respect a mass movement"; "he led the national liberation front" [syn: social movement, front]
5 a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata; "the second movement is slow and melodic"
6 a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to the war effort" [syn: campaign, cause, crusade, drive, effort]
7 an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object; "the cinema relies on apparent motion"; "the succession of flashing lights gave an illusion of movement" [syn: apparent motion, motion, apparent movement]
8 a euphemism for defecation; "he had a bowel movement" [syn: bowel movement, bm]
9 a general tendency to change (as of opinion); "not openly liberal but that is the trend of the book"; "a broad movement of the electorate to the right" [syn: drift, trend]
10 the driving and regulating parts of a mechanism (as of a watch or clock); "it was an expensive watch with a diamond movement"
11 the act of changing the location of something; "the movement of cargo onto the vessel"

User Contributed Dictionary



From Old French movement (modern mouvement), from mediaeval Latin movimentum, from Latin movere ‘move’.


/ˈmu:vmənt/ italbrac UK


  1. Physical motion between points in space.
    I saw a movement in that grass on the hill.
    I saw some movement in that grass on the hill.
  2. italbrac horology for a clockwork, a clock, or a watch, a device that cuts time in equal portions.
  3. The impression of motion in an artwork, painting, novel etc.
  4. A trend in various fields or social categories.
    The labor movement has been struggling in America since the passage of the Taft-Hartley act in 1947.
  5. A large division of a larger composition.
  6. An instance of an aircraft taking off or landing.
    Albuquerque International Sunport serviced over 200,000 movements last year.
  7. The deviation of a pitch from ballistic flight
    The movement on his cutter was devastating.
  8. An act of emptying the bowels.


physical motion
  • Arabic: (ḥarakä)
  • Bulgarian: движение
  • Dutch: beweging
  • Greek: κίνηση (kínisi)
  • Hebrew:
  • Kurdish: , ,
  • Portuguese: movimento
  • Romanian: mişcare
  • Russian: движение
  • Scots: muvement
  • Slovene: gibanje , premikanje , premik
  • Spanish: movimiento
  • Urdu: (harkat)
device that cuts time in equal portions
impression of motion
trend in various fields or social categories
  • Czech: hnutí
  • Greek: κίνημα (kínima)
  • Scots: muvement
  • Slovene: gibanje
division of a larger musical composition
  • Czech: věta
  • Slovene: stavek
aircraft taking off or landing
deviation of a pitch
an act of emptying the bowels

Extensive Definition

A movement is a motion, a change in position. Movement can also refer to:

In transportation

  • Locomotion, active movement or travel
  • Transport, the movement of people, goods, signals and information
A motif can be developed by the smallest amount of movement.. you could use transport or locomotion.

In biology

seealso animal locomotion

In art

In social studies

In politics


See also

movement in Czech: Pohyb
movement in German: Bewegung
movement in French: Mouvement
movement in Korean: 운동
movement in Hebrew: תנועה
movement in Japanese: 運動
movement in Russian: Движение
movement in Slovak: Pohyb
movement in Slovenian: Gibanje (razločitev)
movement in Swedish: Rörelse
movement in Chinese: 运动 (消歧义)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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