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Noun: movement  moov-munt
  1. A change of position that does not entail a change of location
    "movement is a sign of life";
    - motion, move, motility
  2. The act of changing location from one place to another
    "the movement of people from the farms to the cities";
    - motion, move
  3. A natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
    - motion
  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 was a charter member of the social movement";
    - 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
    "the movement to end slavery";
    - 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 succession of flashing lights gave an illusion of movement"; "the cinema relies on apparent movement";
    - apparent motion, motion, apparent movement
  8. A euphemism for defecation
    "he had a bowel movement";
    - bowel movement, bm
  9. A general tendency to change (as of opinion)
    "a broad movement of the electorate to the right";
    - 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"

Derived forms: movements

Type of: action, action mechanism, change, composition, defaecation [Brit, rare], defecation, disposition, happening, inclination, laxation, musical composition, natural event, occurrence, occurrent, optical illusion, opus, piece, piece of music, social group, tendency, venture

Part of: clock, sonata, ticker [informal], watch

Encyclopedia: Movement