1. [ noun ] a change of position that does not entail a change of location
Synonyms: move motion motility

"the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise" "movement is a sign of life" "an impatient move of his hand" "gastrointestinal motility"

Related terms: change gesture wave rotation reach shutting lurch sitting disturbance squat sitting opening jerk waver twist vibration reclining straddle standing wiggle dart prostration headshake reciprocation toss inclination inversion body_English agitation abduction inversion circumduction sweep stroke kneel fetal_movement kick nystagmus retraction snap adduction eurhythmics eurhythmics retroflection move
2. [ noun ] the act of changing your location from one place to another
Synonyms: move motion

"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"

Related terms: change approach haste travel progress maneuver pursuit flow speed rise migration return shift translation crawl descent swing slide lurch slippage adduction abduction locomotion travel move move
3. [ noun ] a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
Synonyms: motion
Related terms: happening wave wave throw bending change_of_location whirl turning twist heave harmonic_motion crustal_movement recoil recoil deflection seek wobble squeeze passing periodic_motion undulation Brownian_movement approach travel
4. [ noun ] a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals
Synonyms: front social_movement

"he was a charter member of the movement" "politicians have to respect a mass movement" "he led the national liberation front"

Related terms: social_group reform_movement boy_scouts political_movement cultural_movement falun_gong religious_movement civil_rights_movement zionism fighting_french common_front artistic_movement
5. [ noun ] a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
Synonyms: cause campaign drive crusade effort

"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"

Related terms: venture campaigning advertising_campaign war reform fund-raising_campaign gay_liberation_movement anti-war_movement consumerism ecumenical_movement feminist_movement lost_cause youth_movement force repel drive crusade
6. [ noun ] (music,fine art) a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata

"the second movement is slow and melodic"

Related terms: musical_composition scherzo largo intermezzo sonata
7. [ noun ] (physics,film) an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object
Synonyms: motion apparent_movement apparent_motion

"the cinema relies on apparent motion" "the succession of flashing lights gave an illusion of movement"

Related terms: optical_illusion
8. [ noun ] (biology) a euphemism for defecation
Synonyms: bm bowel_movement

"he had a bowel movement"

Related terms: defecation
9. [ noun ] the driving and regulating parts of a mechanism (as of a watch or clock)

"it was an expensive watch with a diamond movement"

Related terms: action clock watch
10. [ noun ] a general tendency to change (as of opinion)
Synonyms: trend drift

"not openly liberal but that is the trend of the book" "a broad movement of the electorate to the right"

Related terms: inclination evolutionary_trend gravitation drive
11. [ noun ] the act of changing the location of something

"the movement of cargo onto the vessel"

Related terms: change transportation lowering transplant insertion troop_movement deracination move