(1)   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"
(2)   The act of changing the location of something
"The movement of cargo onto the vessel"
(3)   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"
(4)   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"
(5)   The driving and regulating parts of a mechanism (as of a watch or clock)
"It was an expensive watch with a diamond movement"
(6)   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"
(7)   A major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata
"The second movement is slow and melodic"
(8)   A natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
(9)   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"
(10)   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"
(11)   A euphemism for defecation
"He had a bowel movement"


From from Mediaeval Latin , from .


  1. Physical motion between points in space.
    I saw a movement in that grass on the hill.
  2. 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, a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals
    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.