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Definition 1: a change of position that does not entail a change of location - [noun denoting act]

Samples where movement or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for movement in the sense of this definition

(movement is a kind of ...) the action of changing something

"the change of government had no impact on the economy" "his change on abortion cost him the election"

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of snapping the fingers; movement of a finger from the tip to the base of the thumb on the same hand

"he gave his fingers a snap"

(... is a kind of movement ) (photography) the act of assuming a certain position (as for a photograph or portrait)

"he wanted his portrait painted but couldn't spare time for the sitting"

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of assuming or maintaining a seated position

"he read the mystery at one sitting"

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of closing something

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of rotating as if on an axis

"the rotation of the dancer kept time with the music"

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of bending backward

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of pulling or holding or drawing a part back

"the retraction of the landing gear" "retraction of the foreskin"

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of assuming or maintaining a reclining position

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of assuming or maintaining a crouching position with the knees bent and the buttocks near the heels

(... is a kind of movement ) a movement in an arc

"a sweep of his arm"

(... is a kind of movement ) an abrupt movement

"a toss of his head"

(... is a kind of movement ) the interpretation in harmonious bodily movements of the rhythm of musical compositions; used to teach musical understanding

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of wiggling

(... is a kind of movement ) a single complete movement

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of sitting or standing astride

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of assuming or maintaining an erect upright position

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of moving back and forth

(... is a kind of movement ) a movement like that of a sudden occurrence or increase in a specified phenomenon

"a wave of settlers" "troops advancing in waves"

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of vibrating

(... is a kind of movement ) alternating back-and-forth movement

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of physically reaching or thrusting out

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of assuming a prostrate position

(... is a kind of movement ) motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling

(... is a kind of movement ) a sudden quick movement

(... is a kind of movement ) motion of a fetus within the uterus (usually detected by the 16th week of pregnancy)

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion

(... is a kind of movement ) a circular movement of a limb or eye

(... is a kind of movement ) a motion of the body by a player as if to make an object already propelled go in the desired direction

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously)

(... is a kind of movement ) (physiology) moving of a body part toward the central axis of the body

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of turning your head left and right to signify denial or disbelief or bemusement

"I could tell from their headshakes that they didn't believe me"

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of inclining; bending forward

"an inclination of his head indicated his agreement"

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of opening something

"the ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door"

(... is a kind of movement ) the movement of the eyes

(... is a kind of movement ) abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance)

"the pitching and tossing was quite exciting"

(... is a kind of movement ) supporting yourself on your knees

(... is a kind of movement ) a rhythmic thrusting movement of the legs as in swimming or calisthenics

"the kick must be synchronized with the arm movements" "the swimmer's kicking left a wake behind him"

(... is a kind of movement ) an abrupt spasmodic movement

(... is a kind of movement ) turning upside down; setting on end

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of turning inside out

(... is a kind of movement ) (physiology) moving of a body part away from the central axis of the body

Definition 2: the act of changing the location of something - [noun denoting act]

Samples where movement or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the movement of cargo onto the vessel

(movement is a kind of ...) the action of changing something

"the change of government had no impact on the economy" "his change on abortion cost him the election"

(... is a kind of movement ) to move something from its natural environment

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of moving something from one location to another

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of putting one thing into another

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of causing something to move to a lower level

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of removing something from one location and introducing it in another location

"the transplant did not flower until the second year" "too frequent transplanting is not good for families" "she returned to Alabama because she could not bear transplantation"

(... is a kind of movement ) movement of military units to a new location

Definition 3: a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end - [noun denoting act]

Samples where movement or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for movement in the sense of this definition

(movement is a kind of ...) any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome

(... is a kind of movement ) a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious

"the war on poverty" "the war against crime"

(... is a kind of movement ) a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices

"the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"

(... is a kind of movement ) a defeated cause or a cause for which defeat is inevitable

(... is a kind of movement ) the movement aimed at liberating homosexuals from legal or social or economic oppression

(... is a kind of movement ) the movement aimed at equal rights for women

(... is a kind of movement ) a campaign to raise money for some cause

(... is a kind of movement ) the campaign of a candidate to be elected

(... is a kind of movement ) a movement advocating greater protection of the interests of consumers

(... is a kind of movement ) a campaign of flattery and friendliness (by a company, politician, etc.) to become more popular and gain support

(... is a kind of movement ) a campaign against entering or continuing a war

(... is a kind of movement ) an organized program of advertisements

(... is a kind of movement ) political or religious or social reform movement or agitation consisting chiefly of young people

Definition 4: the act of changing location from one place to another - [noun denoting act]

Samples where movement or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for movement in the sense of this definition

(movement is a kind of ...) the action of changing something

"the change of government had no impact on the economy" "his change on abortion cost him the election"

(... is a kind of movement ) failing to hold or slipping out of place

"the knots allowed no slippage"

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression

(... is a kind of movement ) a very slow movement

"the traffic advanced at a crawl"

(... is a kind of movement ) changing location rapidly

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of uniform movement

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of moving from one place to another

"his constant shifting disrupted the class"

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner

"in his haste to leave he forgot his book"

(... is a kind of movement ) a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill

"he made a great maneuver" "the runner was out on a play by the shortstop"

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it

"his slide didn't stop until the bottom of the hill" "the children lined up for a coast down the snowy slope"

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of going back to a prior location

"they set out on their return to the base camp"

(... is a kind of movement ) changing location by moving back and forth

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of drawing spatially closer to something

"the hunter's approach scattered the geese"

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)

(... is a kind of movement ) self-propelled movement

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of moving forward suddenly

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of going from one place to another

"he enjoyed selling but he hated the travel"

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture

"the culprit started to run and the cop took off in pursuit"

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of changing location in an upward direction

(... is a kind of movement ) the act of changing your location in a downward direction

(... is a kind of movement ) the movement of persons from one country or locality to another

Definition 5: the driving and regulating parts of a mechanism (as of a watch or clock) - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where movement or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was an expensive watch with a diamond movement

(movement is a kind of ...) the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism

"the piano had a very stiff action"

(... is part of movement) a timepiece that shows the time of day

(... is part of movement) a small portable timepiece

Definition 6: a general tendency to change (as of opinion) - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where movement or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for movement in the sense of this definition

(movement is a kind of ...) an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others

"he had an inclination to give up too easily" "a tendency to be too strict"

(... is a kind of movement ) a general direction of evolutionary change

(... is a kind of movement ) a figurative movement toward some attraction

"the gravitation of the middle class to the suburbs"

Definition 7: a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where movement or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the second movement is slow and melodic

(movement is a kind of ...) a musical work that has been created

"the composition is written in four movements"

(... is a kind of movement ) a short movement coming between the major sections of a symphony

(... is a kind of movement ) a fast movement (usually in triple time)

(... is part of movement) a musical composition of 3 or 4 movements of contrasting forms

Definition 8: a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for movement in the sense of this definition

(movement is a kind of ...) an event that happens

(... is a kind of movement ) the movement of a read/write head to a specific data track on a disk

(... is a kind of movement ) a twisting squeeze

"gave the wet cloth a wring"

(... is a kind of movement ) the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam

(... is a kind of movement ) a movement in a new direction

"the turning of the wind"

(... is a kind of movement ) a jerky pulling movement

(... is a kind of movement ) wavelike motion; a gentle rising and falling in the manner of waves

(... is a kind of movement ) one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)

(... is a kind of movement ) an unsteady rocking motion

(... is a kind of movement ) confused movement

"he was caught up in a whirl of work" "a commotion of people fought for the exits"

(... is a kind of movement ) the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired

(... is a kind of movement ) a movement back from an impact

(... is a kind of movement ) (geology) a horizontal dislocation

(... is a kind of movement ) movement resulting from or causing deformation of the earth's crust

(... is a kind of movement ) the event of one object coming closer to another

(... is a kind of movement ) the motion of one object relative to another

"stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets"

(... is a kind of movement ) the movement of the pointer or pen of a measuring instrument from its zero position

(... is a kind of movement ) movement that causes the formation of a curve

(... is a kind of movement ) a movement through space that changes the location of something

(... is a kind of movement ) (physics) a movement up and down or back and forth

(... is a kind of movement ) a small irregular movement

(... is a kind of movement ) motion that recurs over and over and the period of time required for each recurrence remains the same

(... is a kind of movement ) the random motion of small particles suspended in a gas or liquid

Definition 9: a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals - [noun denoting group]

Samples where movement or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for movement in the sense of this definition

(movement is a kind of ...) people sharing some social relation

(... is a kind of movement ) a movement intended to bring about religious reforms

(... is a kind of movement ) a movement intended to bring about social and humanitarian reforms

(... is a kind of movement ) a group of people working together to achieve a political goal

(... is a kind of movement ) a spiritual movement that began in China in the latter half of the 20th century and is based on Buddhist and Taoist teachings and practices

(... is a kind of movement ) a movement promoting union between religions (especially between Christian churches)

(... is a kind of movement ) a group of people working together to advance certain cultural goals

(... is a kind of movement ) a movement in which several individuals or groups with different interests join together

"the unions presented a common front at the bargaining table"

(... is a kind of movement ) movement in the United States beginning in the 1960s and led primarily by Blacks in an effort to establish the civil rights of individual Black citizens

(... is a kind of movement ) an international (but decentralized) movement started in 1908 in England with the goal of teaching good citizenship to boys

(... is a kind of movement ) a group of artists who agree on general principles

(... is a kind of movement ) a French movement during World War II that was organized in London by Charles de Gaulle to fight for the liberation of France from German control and for the restoration of the republic

(... is a kind of movement ) a movement of world Jewry that arose late in the 19th century with the aim of creating a Jewish state in Palestine

Definition 10: an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Samples where movement or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for movement in the sense of this definition

(movement is a kind of ...) an optical phenomenon that results in a false or deceptive visual impression

Definition 11: a euphemism for defecation - [noun denoting process]

Samples where movement or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had a bowel movement

Synonyms for movement in the sense of this definition

(movement is a kind of ...) the elimination of fecal waste through the anus

(movement is used in the usage domain ...) an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh

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