Definition of movement in English:

movement

noun

  • 1An act of moving.

    ‘a slight movement of the body’
    mass noun ‘the free movement of labour’
    • ‘All the effort she had went into a few simple movements: turning her head, reaching out her arm, and yet she still felt completely exhausted afterwards.’
    • ‘Temporary rules restricting the movement of livestock have been made permanent, the Government announced yesterday.’
    • ‘His smirk was more of a grimace of pain rather than any physical movement of amusement.’
    • ‘Some women also may notice more fetal movement than in a previous singleton pregnancy.’
    • ‘In many, energy loss is so overwhelming that physical movement is arduous and grinds to a paralyzing halt.’
    • ‘It had much to do with physical movement, with running, walking, and limping.’
    • ‘The tube was then removed and the rabbits were returned to their cages and allowed free movement.’
    • ‘The free movement of capital and labour have to be politically defined and legally regulated.’
    • ‘I support the free movement of capital but not the free movement of labour.’
    • ‘So what do their expressions, hand gestures, body movements and speech say about what they're really thinking and feeling?’
    • ‘As mentioned earlier, a movement restriction order was also issued to Yani himself.’
    • ‘The movement restrictions must therefore apply to all bovine animals on the premises.’
    • ‘Henry hesitantly stepped towards the gray horse, which made no movements except a slight turn of its head.’
    • ‘Everyday we have to trek at least five to ten kilometres to trace the movement of the animal.’
    • ‘The inadequate troop size also limits the ability to control any movement across the border.’
    • ‘There may be a direct link between physical movement and rhythmical expression in music.’
    • ‘One important example based on clinical evidence is back pain where therapies have changed from bed rest to active movement.’
    • ‘Whether she is right in urging sharp, jerky movements in gymnastics is debatable.’
    • ‘The ball is lifted from the ground by means of a cue furnished with an iron ring at one end, and propelled or thrown forward by a simple movement of the arm.’
    • ‘And media consultants can track the eye movements of people who are watching TV commercials.’
    • ‘The move will come as welcome news to farmers hard-hit by strict regulations controlling movement of their animals.’
    • ‘The road was bumpy, as if sending her heart into jerky movements too.’
    • ‘This fixed position keeps the body in the proper position for later movement.’
    • ‘In the first act, the dancers' movements are slow, calculated.’
    • ‘According to one model the forward movement is driven randomly by thermal energy.’
    • ‘Claire put her hands on his chest and they kissed, the movement making her body fall full against his.’
    • ‘I was shaking while I took deep breaths trying to control every movement of my body.’
    • ‘His sudden, jerky movements caused the vampire to fall off of him.’
    • ‘In the case of the local abscess, typical thumb movement could be accomplished without much pain.’
    • ‘It describes the energy we expend in physical movement other than planned exercise.’
    • ‘However, they are repositories of infection and restrict the movement of animals.’
    • ‘Such tagging will make it possible for Wal-Mart to more accurately track the movement of goods and reduce inventory.’
    • ‘Optimal results are obtained if the physician and patient minimize movement during the test.’
    • ‘Again include exercises that mimic the movements associated with skiing.’
    • ‘Slight movements of hands or feet among the audience are tell-tale signs that the listeners' attention has been lost.’
    • ‘I noticed her slight body movements to approach her shoulder bag.’
    • ‘Their footsteps and body movements create an epic sight and sound emanating from the stage.’
    • ‘These kinds of students need plenty of physical movement and novelty, said Golay.’
    • ‘He's getting much better late movement on his fastball and slider.’
    • ‘And in the slightest of movements, she kissed him back.’
    motion, move, manoeuvre
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    1. 1.1 An arrival or departure of an aircraft.
      ‘the Civil Aviation Authority directed 125,000 aircraft movements in 1991’
      • ‘There are reports that the city's airport is barely coping with more than 150 aircraft movements a day.’
      • ‘The government has banned all aircraft movements over central London until further notice.’
      • ‘As a matter of fact, nothing was paved and a cloud of dust followed the movement of every aircraft.’
      • ‘Farnborough last year handled approximately 15, 500 business aircraft movements.’
      • ‘The number of aircraft movements over the same two-month period rose 12 per cent from about 11,000 to just over 12,000.’
      • ‘British Airways, by far the biggest operator at the airport with 15,015 aircraft movements, saw only 67 per cent of its services depart on time.’
      • ‘The Air Traffic Control element has been busy in Iraq, handling on average more than 400 aircraft movements each day.’
      • ‘Sigint's main predictive capability goes back to the Cold War, when it was used to detect unexpected troop or aircraft movements.’
      • ‘Aircraft movements increased by 47.5 per cent to 144,751 for the first six months.’
      • ‘If there is severe low pressure out in the Atlantic, aircraft movements are diverted away from the affected area.’
      • ‘The Department of Conservation has taken a tough stance on noise pollution at Milford, and is proposing to dramatically limit the number of aircraft movements within the area.’
      • ‘Overall corporate aircraft movements have increased by more than 250 percent since 1995.’
      • ‘Total aircraft movements at Phuket airport fell 25 percent in the first nine months of the year.’
      • ‘In addition, there were about 2,000 movements by military aircraft that year.’
      • ‘As well as handling helicopter movements, they temporarily provided control services for the military tarmac to try to get as many aircraft into the small airfield as possible.’
      • ‘There are currently some 1,200 aircraft movements per day through the area.’
      • ‘The airfield is limited to 7,000 civil movements per year and is frequently used for flights by Britain's royal family.’
      • ‘There are an average of 100 aircraft movements a day.’
      • ‘Before the war, Le Bourget welcomed 70,000 aircraft movements per year.’
      • ‘His contribution extended from the distribution of food and medicine to the command and control of aircraft movement.’
    2. 1.2movements The activities and whereabouts of someone during a particular period of time.
      ‘your movements and telephone conversations are recorded’
      • ‘Players' movements and activities are so closely monitored that it is hard for anyone to approach or speak to the players, leave alone attempt to fix matches.’
      • ‘The trade winds affect the movements and activities of Torres islanders in various important ways.’
      • ‘The investigation quite early led us to have concerns about the movements and activities of four men, three of whom came from the West Yorkshire area.’
      • ‘The Chief Superintendent urged everyone in Glasgow to notify the police about the movements of party activists over the coming week.’
      • ‘Talks are under way to let the Scottish Prison Service access and contribute information to a powerful intelligence database on the movements and activities of the country's criminals.’
      • ‘It's incredible but they are not only freer in how they dress, but also in their activities and movements.’
      • ‘I added that I could also envision a scenario in which the government might ask us to curtail our movements for a given period of time.’
      • ‘The talks revolve around whether to grant them refugee status and over how to restrict their movements and activities in Europe.’
      • ‘Recent NY Times piece about the use of cell phones and other wireless devices to track people's movements and whereabouts.’
      • ‘It imposed a blanket ban on the publication of any information relating to her whereabouts, appearance and movements in light of ‘clear evidence’ of threats to her life.’
      • ‘Handlers passed documents and photographs to their agents operating within paramilitary groups detailing targets' movements and the whereabouts of their homes.’
      • ‘Her reaction upon reading of his alleged mayhem was to chart his movements over the period of days in question.’
      • ‘But having said that, I was fascinated by this very detailed rundown of his movements and whereabouts on the day of the attacks.’
      • ‘Not only are our activities and movements controlled, but now our very facial expressions have been deemed dangerous.’
      • ‘There is evidence of mine clearing activities, movements of soldiers, bunkers around buildings and military pillboxes perched on the tops of hills.’
      • ‘Exert a strict control on the movements and activities made by the mentioned organisations.’
      • ‘We disarm them, we restrain them, we closely monitor and control their movements and activities.’
      • ‘Parents will track the movements and activities of their children.’
      • ‘In 1983, further restrictions were placed on the movements and activities of foreign journalists.’
      • ‘Mapping provided us with written snapshots of the movements and activities of drug users throughout the community in time and space.’
    3. 1.3mass noun General activity or bustle.
      ‘the scene was almost devoid of movement’
      • ‘The tavern was lively, bustling with movement and much drinking.’
      • ‘Without context we end up on a merry-go-round of activity and movement that never seems to get us to where we want to be.’
      • ‘By day the main paved road seems to buzz with the constant activity and movement of people, vehicles and livestock.’
      • ‘After breakfast, the Menen is bustling with activity and movement.’
      • ‘The large city bustled with movement, and it seemed everyone was in a hurry to get on with their lives.’
      • ‘It was so creepy not seeing anyone at the airport, which is usually bustling with movement at this time.’
      • ‘After what felt like an eternity there was a sudden burst of movement and frantic activity as the car sped around the corner and back into the car park.’
      motion, move, manoeuvre
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    4. 1.4 The moving parts of a mechanism, especially a clock or watch.
      ‘we restore antique clock movements’
      • ‘Meanwhile, clock movements improved in design and manufacture.’
      • ‘In his 80s he was repairing the finest of watch movements, making electrical and electronic clocks, and rebuilding mechanical ones.’
      • ‘Mechanical watch movements require cleaning and lubricating once in 3-5 years.’
      • ‘Although one finds some identical movements in clocks by a given Roxbury maker, one also finds identical movements in clocks by different Roxbury makers.’
      • ‘Watch movements should not be handled by anyone who is not prepared to repair it or pay a trained professional to find and fix the problem.’
      mechanism, machinery, works, workings, action, wheels, motion
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  • 2A change or development.

    ‘the movement towards greater sexual equality’
    ‘movements in the underlying financial markets’
    • ‘More movement is afoot as Sunderland sign Tommy Miller from Ipswich Town on a free transfer.’
    • ‘Characters in a story operate to make the story's movement visible and concrete, in a way that engages a reader's interest.’
    • ‘There was a general sense of movement toward waking now.’
    • ‘In the context of Linux development, such movement of motives is clearly visible.’
    • ‘So they're going to try to get some new movement forward in developing new weapons of the future.’
    • ‘But the language and movement of the poem also emphasize that if the speaker is on a journey, his destination is quite unknown.’
    • ‘Also, movement or development through diverse styles of fathering may be more the rule than the exception.’
    • ‘The spontaneous movement and development of all existence is an expression of the Tao.’
    • ‘It violated all the tenets of drama - there was no conflict, no movement, no development, no climax.’
    • ‘All of them could go either way, but the general lack of movement leads me to think there won't be much change.’
    development, change, fluctuation, rise, fall, variation
    trend, tendency, drift, swing, current, course
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  • 3often with modifier A group of people working together to advance their shared political, social, or artistic ideas.

    ‘the labour movement’
    • ‘The marchers join a swelling youth protest movement as many face a bleak future.’
    • ‘Zarqawi leads a social movement of several hundred persons, if he exists at all.’
    • ‘The critical question remains the building of a mass socialist movement of the working class.’
    • ‘King's civil rights movement had begun to challenge the deep racism in the South in the mid-1950s.’
    • ‘The women's liberation movement challenged both the structure of Australian society and women's roles and personal relationships.’
    • ‘* Why is the upliftment of the trade union movement in developing countries often such a painfully slow process?’
    • ‘Initially youths joined the separatist movement out of altruistic reasons to save their group identity from being eclipsed.’
    • ‘Here in Maine we have done some great steps putting labor and progressive movement groups together.’
    • ‘For 35 years, he has sustained one of the most effective citizen's movements in our history.’
    • ‘Salgado considers himself part of the anti-globalisation protest movement and believes that people misunderstand migrants.’
    • ‘The formerly autonomous labor union movement has now essentially been coopted.’
    • ‘The cause of gender equality was advanced by the women's movement of the 1960s.’
    • ‘We want a dynamic, well-organised, well-connected international movement against imperialist globalisation.’
    • ‘What's more important right now for the embattled labor movement, politics or organizing?’
    • ‘We in the movements against globalisation and imperialist war are those 'other people'.’
    • ‘I'm trying to build a progressive political reform movement.’
    • ‘The capitalist system is capable of extreme violence even when the workers' movement is not challenging it.’
    • ‘Action is needed throughout the labour and trade union movement in this country.’
    • ‘Both reject the possibility of developing an independent revolutionary socialist movement, based on this class.’
    • ‘Our political and social liberation movements need to regain the initiative.’
    political group, party, faction, organization, grouping, wing, front, lobby, camp
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    1. 3.1 A campaign undertaken by a political, social, or artistic movement.
      ‘a movement to declare war on poverty’
      • ‘We will continue to build the anti-war movement against US imperialism.’
      • ‘Internationalism is at the heart of the anti-capitalist, anti-war movement.’
      • ‘Secondly, the movement against corporate globalisation has changed the language of politics.’
      • ‘What is remarkable about workers' movements throughout history is how peaceful they have been.’
      • ‘That sense of vulnerability inspired a social and political reform movement.’
      • ‘The movement against war must unite workers of all nations against the common enemy.’
      • ‘They are the most likely to lead any movement for change.’
      • ‘Yet some have called for a consumer movement to tell the operators ‘enough is enough’.’
      • ‘And he's spearheading a mental ecology movement to do something about it.’
      • ‘There is a movement afoot to release movies to both theaters and DVD at the same time.’
      • ‘So we must begin globalizing a nonviolent movement to end the poisoning of Mother Earth.’
      • ‘Yorkshire campaigners behind a national movement to help thyroid sufferers want to set up shop in York.’
      • ‘Her arrest helped spark the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, and she became a household name.’
      • ‘This week, residents begin their own Minuteman movement to rid their city of illegal alien workers.’
      • ‘We ended up spending an hour fuming over the new government movement to bring down university student representative groups.’
      • ‘Maxi, you've consistently supported the movement against the war.’
      • ‘It should be a source of optimism for us all that even at an early stage of the crisis, there is a substantial opposition movement to war.’
      • ‘The nude peace protest movement continues to gain momentum.’
      • ‘In the end King Birendra resisted the hard line and conceded before the massive peoples' movement for democracy.’
      • ‘He doesn't hand in his badge and join the movement for change; he robs a bank.’
      campaign, crusade, drive, push
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  • 4Music
    A principal division of a longer musical work, self-sufficient in terms of key, tempo, and structure.

    ‘the slow movement of his violin concerto’
    • ‘Bruch's violin concerto was on, and it took me the entire first movement to assemble the thing.’
    • ‘Shostakovich's slow movements always represent the composer at his most eloquent and deeply personal.’
    • ‘The rapturous love music of the first movement is worthy of Wagner or Strauss.’
    • ‘The first movement changes views and tempi in what seems like every few bars or so.’
    • ‘Only the bass line and six bars of melody had survived, possibly from the slow movement of a Trio Sonata.’
    part, section, division, passage
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  • 5An act of defecation.

    • ‘If you don't have at least 1 bowel movement per day, you are already walking your way toward disease.’
    • ‘As a general rule, a healthy colon produces two movements a day.’
    • ‘The urge came and went a few times until I experienced a more intense cramp that resulted in my first movement of the day.’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin movimentum, from Latin movere ‘to move’.

Pronunciation

movement

/ˈmuːvm(ə)nt/