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move·ment  (mvmnt)
a. The act or an instance of moving; a change in place or position.
b. A particular manner of moving.
2. A change in the location of troops, ships, or aircraft for tactical or strategic purposes.
a. A series of actions and events taking place over a period of time and working to foster a principle or policy: a movement toward world peace.
b. An organized effort by supporters of a common goal: a leader of the labor movement.
4. A tendency or trend: a movement toward larger kitchens.
5. A change in the market price of a security or commodity.
a. An evacuation of the bowels.
b. The matter so evacuated.
7. The suggestion or illusion of motion in a painting, sculpture, or design.
8. The progression of events in the development of a literary plot.
9. The rhythmical or metrical structure of a poetic composition.
10. Music A self-contained section of an extended composition.
11. A mechanism, such as the works of a watch, that produces or transmits motion.

movement (ˈmuːvmənt)
a. the act, process, or result of moving
b. an instance of moving
2. the manner of moving
3. (Sociology)
a. a group of people with a common ideology, esp a political or religious one
b. the organized action of such a group
4. a trend or tendency in a particular sphere
5. (Horology) the driving and regulating mechanism of a watch or clock
6. (often plural) a person's location and activities during a specific time
7. (Physiology)
a. the evacuation of the bowels
b. the matter evacuated
8. (Classical Music) music a principal self-contained section of a symphony, sonata, etc, usually having its own structure
9. (Music, other) tempo or pace, as in music or literature
10. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) tempo or pace, as in music or literature
11. (Art Terms) fine arts the appearance of motion in painting, sculpture, etc
12. (Poetry) prosody the rhythmic structure of verse
13. (Military) a positional change by one or a number of military units
14. (Commerce) a change in the market price of a security or commodity

move•ment (ˈmuv mənt)

1. the act, process, or result of moving.
2. a particular manner or style of moving.
3. Usu., movements. actions or activities, as of a person or a body of persons.
4. a change of position or location of troops or ships.
5. abundance of events or incidents.
6. rapid progress of events.
7. the progress of events, as in a narrative or drama.
8. the stylistic representation of motion in a work of art.
9. a series of actions or activities directed or tending toward a particular end.
10. the course, tendency, or trend of affairs in a particular field.
11. a diffusely organized or heterogeneous group of people or organizations tending toward or favoring a generalized common goal.
12. the price change in the market of some commodity or security.
14. the working parts or a distinct portion of the working parts of a mechanism, as of a watch.
15. Music.
a. a principal division or section of a sonata, symphony, or the like.
b. motion; rhythm; time; tempo.
16. Pros. rhythmical structure or character.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French]



  1. All her movements were soft as if timed to the sleeping of children —Ada Jack Carver
  2. Charged across … like a cat with a kerosened ass —Harold Adams
  3. Crawled like a worm —Denis Diderot
  4. Creep and crawl … stretching her fingers like a baby trying to climb the path —Eudora Welty
  5. Creeping slowly toward him. like a lizard toward a bug —E. B. White
  6. Crept like a man intent on crime —W. H. Auden
  7. Crept … like a spider on an endless thread of its own spinning —George Du Maurier
  8. Darted about like a hummingbird —Rita Mae Brown
  9. Darted like a bird about the room —John Steinbeck
  10. Darting about and banging together like bubbles in soda water —Joyce Cary
  11. Darting off this way and that, like the wax of a burning candle —Anon
  12. Descended the stairs like a buffalo —Joe Coomer
  13. Drifted north … like a saddle tramp looking for a spring roundup —James Crumley
  14. Floated like a weed —Mavis Gallant
  15. Folded herself up like a fresh-ironed shirt —Mary Hood
  16. Glided as though on little wheels —Jules Renard, drama critic, about actress Sarah Bernhardt
  17. Glide, like phantoms —John Keats
  18. Glides to his meeting like a lover mumbling a secret, passionate message —Wallace Stevens
  19. Go as if nine men pulled you and ten men held you —John Withal
  20. Going (home) stealthily and unsteadily … like a dissipated cat —Charles Dickens
  21. Groped about like blind, cautious crabs —Ralph Ellison
  22. He [a dog] dumped himself like a bag of bones —Robert Frost
  23. He moved like a spring —Eudora Welty
  24. He moves like a piece of darkness —Joe Coomer
  25. His body waved like a flame in the breeze —TV obituary describing James Cagney’s physical grace, 1986
  26. Hurried with legs stretched out ahead of me like a horse —David Ignatow
  27. I float like a butterfly, sting like a bee —Muhammed Ali
  28. Kicking and wriggling like a retriever pup —Walter Duranty
  29. Lethargically, like sloth on the move —Kenzaburo Oë

    In the novel, A Personal Matter, the lethargy described is that of a man pedalling his bike.

  30. Like a vein of gold I darted after you —Charles Simic
  31. Like shoals of fish, they all headed one way —Elizabeth Taylor
  32. Lowered herself [from bus] cautiously, like a climber —Elizabeth Bowen
  33. A meandering pace that makes sweet Afton look like a white water stream —Helen Dudar, New York Times Book Review, September 21, 1986
  34. Moved as smoothly as light wind across water —James Crumley
  35. Moved by as if on a treadmill —Jonathan Kellerman See: RESTLESSNESS
  36. Moved downhill [a street that lay on an incline] like rainwater. Like the twentieth century —Tom Robbins
  37. Moved like a water bug, like a skipping stone, upon the glassy tense surface of his new life —John Updike
  38. Moved like benign automata —Angela Carter
  39. Moved passively with her head down, like a prisoner between guards —Ross Macdonald
  40. Moved with funny little steps, like a chicken with an egg wedged up its legs —William Kotzwinkle
  41. Move languidly … like a hostess in her bathrobe emptying ashtrays on Sunday morning —Alice McDermott
  42. Movement … quick and quiet as a fish in deep water —Gerald Kersh
  43. Move mindlessly, mechanically as a toy train through a Christmas tree town —Sharon Sheehe Stark
  44. (Waiters) moving as deft and soft-footed as shadows —George Garrett
  45. (Hand) moving imperceptibly like a marine plant —Marguerite Yourcenar
  46. Moving listlessly back and forth, like a fish in an aquarium —Jill Ciment
  47. Moving quick and light as a fairy —Dame Edith Sitwell
  48. Moving … slow and heavy as lead —Gerald Kersh
  49. (The sun) moving up and down … like a musical note —Saul Bellow
  50. Paced around … like a jaguar on the prowl —Jonathan Kellerman
  51. Pace … like impatient cats —Ira Wood
  52. Pace like Socrates before the court —Charles Johnson
  53. Passed like a circus —Wallace Stevens
  54. People moved as if groping in the dimness of the subconscious for the memory of midday warmth that lingered faintly in the skin —Kenzaburo Oe
  55. Prowled around like a dog that has forgotten where he put his bone —Raymond Chandler


  56. Rush sideways, like an excited crab —Jerome K. Jerome
  57. Scampering about like frenzied ants —Brian Burland
  58. Scamper like mice —Dame Edith Sitwell
  59. Scuttling around it like a mouse trying to find a hole —Cornell Woolrich
  60. Settled themselves, like chickens getting ready to roost —Christopher Isherwood
  61. She got up and, like a vacuum cleaner with insomnia, roamed the room —Tom Robbins
  62. Shied abruptly like a startled horse —Jack London
  63. Shuffled about [text of a book] like a melancholy sheep in a pen —Mavis Gallant
  64. Shuffles … around like a deck of cards —Brian Burland
  65. Slide like lizards —Anon
  66. Sliding like a shadow among them —R. V. Cassill
  67. The small procession moved … slow and spaced out like a funeral —Ivo Andric
  68. (I have seen thy waters) stealing onward, like the stream of life —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  69. Step back as though I’d stepped on a snake —Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  70. Steppin’ high like a rooster in deep mud —American colloquialism
  71. Stirred like a rustle of leaves —Maurice Edelman

    Edelman’s simile is used to draw an image of whispers stirring up around the actions of the hero of his novel, Disraeli Rising.

  72. Stomped back to bed, trying to make my footsteps sound like angry exclamation marks —Dorothy Francis
  73. Straggled on back … like tongue-dragging hounds —Thomas Zigal
  74. Straightened up slowly, as if she were being raised —Marguerite Duras
  75. Swept by like a spotlight —Donald McCaig
  76. Tore through the black-and-gold town like a pair of scissors tearing through brocade —Katherine Mansfield
  77. Tottering … like a Chinese girl with bound feet —Jayne Anne Phillips
  78. Travels unsteadily, as fogs do —David Ignatow
  79. Twisted himself out like an eel —Sholom Aleichem
  80. Twitched her shoulders like a bird shaking off water —Laura Furman
  81. Wander like Alice —Karl Shapiro
  82. Weave like a dreamer —John Barth
  83. [Group of children] whirling off like autumn leaves, just as gay in their bright colors, and just as elusive —Beverly Mitchell
  84. Wiggled like ribbons —R. V. Cassill
  85. Wiggle [a tooth] like a loose picket in a fence —William Goyen
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Noun1.movement - a change of position that does not entail a change of locationmovement - 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"
change - the action of changing something; "the change of government had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion cost him the election"
abduction - (physiology) moving of a body part away from the central axis of the body
adduction - (physiology) moving of a body part toward the central axis of the body
agitation - the act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously)
body English - a motion of the body by a player as if to make an object already propelled go in the desired direction
circumduction - a circular movement of a limb or eye
disturbance - the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
fetal movement, foetal movement - motion of a fetus within the uterus (usually detected by the 16th week of pregnancy)
flit, dart - a sudden quick movement
gesture - motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling
headshake, headshaking - 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"
inclining, inclination - the act of inclining; bending forward; "an inclination of his head indicated his agreement"
everting, eversion, inversion - the act of turning inside out
upending, inversion - turning upside down; setting on end
jerking, jolt, saccade, jerk - an abrupt spasmodic movement
kicking, kick - 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"
kneel, kneeling - supporting yourself on your knees
pitching, lurch, pitch - abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance); "the pitching and tossing was quite exciting"
eye movement - the movement of the eyes
opening - the act of opening something; "the ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door"
prostration - the act of assuming a prostrate position
reaching, stretch, reach - the act of physically reaching or thrusting out
reciprocation - alternating back-and-forth movement
reclining - the act of assuming or maintaining a reclining position
retraction - the act of pulling or holding or drawing a part back; "the retraction of the landing gear"; "retraction of the foreskin"
retroflection, retroflexion - the act of bending backward
rotary motion, rotation - the act of rotating as if on an axis; "the rotation of the dancer kept time with the music"
closing, shutting - the act of closing something
sitting - the act of assuming or maintaining a seated position; "he read the mystery at one sitting"
posing, sitting - (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"
snap - 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"
squatting, squat - the act of assuming or maintaining a crouching position with the knees bent and the buttocks near the heels
sweep - a movement in an arc; "a sweep of his arm"
toss - an abrupt movement; "a toss of his head"
vibration, quivering, quiver - the act of vibrating
wave - a movement like that of a sudden occurrence or increase in a specified phenomenon; "a wave of settlers"; "troops advancing in waves"
flutter, waver, flicker - the act of moving back and forth
standing - the act of assuming or maintaining an erect upright position
straddle, span - the act of sitting or standing astride
stroke - a single complete movement
squirm, wiggle, wriggle - the act of wiggling
eurhythmics, eurhythmy, eurythmics, eurythmy - the interpretation in harmonious bodily movements of the rhythm of musical compositions; used to teach musical understanding
2.movement - 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"
change - the action of changing something; "the change of government had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion cost him the election"
coming, approach, approaching - the act of drawing spatially closer to something; "the hunter's approach scattered the geese"
forward motion, onward motion, advancement, progress, progression, procession, advance - the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)
locomotion, travel - self-propelled movement
lunge, lurch - the act of moving forward suddenly
travel, traveling, travelling - the act of going from one place to another; "he enjoyed selling but he hated the travel"
chase, pursual, pursuit, following - the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture; "the culprit started to run and the cop took off in pursuit"
ascending, rise, ascent, ascension - the act of changing location in an upward direction
descent - the act of changing your location in a downward direction
swinging, vacillation, swing - changing location by moving back and forth
return - the act of going back to a prior location; "they set out on their return to the base camp"
glide, coast, slide - 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"
slippage - failing to hold or slipping out of place; "the knots allowed no slippage"
flow, stream - the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression
crawl - a very slow movement; "the traffic advanced at a crawl"
hurrying, speeding, speed - changing location rapidly
displacement, translation - the act of uniform movement
shifting, shift - the act of moving from one place to another; "his constant shifting disrupted the class"
rush, rushing, haste, hurry - the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner; "in his haste to leave he forgot his book"
maneuver, manoeuvre, play - a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill; "he made a great maneuver"; "the runner was out on a play by the shortstop"
migration - the movement of persons from one country or locality to another
3.movement - a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of somethingmovement - a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent - an event that happens
crustal movement, tectonic movement - movement resulting from or causing deformation of the earth's crust
approaching, approach - the event of one object coming closer to another
passing, passage - the motion of one object relative to another; "stellar passings can perturb the orbits of comets"
deflexion, deflection - the movement of the pointer or pen of a measuring instrument from its zero position
bending, bend - movement that causes the formation of a curve
change of location, travel - a movement through space that changes the location of something
undulation, wave - (physics) a movement up and down or back and forth
jitter - a small irregular movement
periodic motion, periodic movement - motion that recurs over and over and the period of time required for each recurrence remains the same
heave - (geology) a horizontal dislocation
backlash, rebound, recoil, repercussion - a movement back from an impact
recoil, kick - the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired
seek - the movement of a read/write head to a specific data track on a disk
wring, squeeze - a twisting squeeze; "gave the wet cloth a wring"
cam stroke, stroke, throw - the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam
turning, turn - a movement in a new direction; "the turning of the wind"
wrench, twist - a jerky pulling movement
undulation - wavelike motion; a gentle rising and falling in the manner of waves
moving ridge, wave - one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)
wobble - an unsteady rocking motion
whirl, commotion - confused movement; "he was caught up in a whirl of work"; "a commotion of people fought for the exits"
Brownian motion, Brownian movement, pedesis - the random motion of small particles suspended in a gas or liquid
4.movement - a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goalsmovement - 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"
social group - people sharing some social relation
Fighting French, Free French - 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
art movement, artistic movement - a group of artists who agree on general principles
Boy Scouts - an international (but decentralized) movement started in 1908 in England with the goal of teaching good citizenship to boys
Civil Rights 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
common front - a movement in which several individuals or groups with different interests join together; "the unions presented a common front at the bargaining table"
cultural movement - a group of people working together to advance certain cultural goals
ecumenism, oecumenism - a movement promoting union between religions (especially between Christian churches)
falun gong - 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
political movement - a group of people working together to achieve a political goal
reform movement - a movement intended to bring about social and humanitarian reforms
religious movement - a movement intended to bring about religious reforms
Zionist movement, Zionism - a movement of world Jewry that arose late in the 19th century with the aim of creating a Jewish state in Palestine
5.movement - a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata; "the second movement is slow and melodic"
musical composition, opus, piece of music, composition, piece - a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"
intermezzo - a short movement coming between the major sections of a symphony
sonata - a musical composition of 3 or 4 movements of contrasting forms
scherzo - a fast movement (usually in triple time)
6.movement - a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular endmovement - 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"
venture - any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
ad blitz, ad campaign, advertising campaign - an organized program of advertisements
anti-war movement - a campaign against entering or continuing a war
charm campaign - a campaign of flattery and friendliness (by a company, politician, etc.) to become more popular and gain support
consumerism - a movement advocating greater protection of the interests of consumers
campaigning, candidacy, candidature, electioneering, political campaign - the campaign of a candidate to be elected
fund-raising campaign, fund-raising drive, fund-raising effort - a campaign to raise money for some cause
feminist movement, women's lib, women's liberation movement, feminism - the movement aimed at equal rights for women
gay lib, gay liberation movement - the movement aimed at liberating homosexuals from legal or social or economic oppression
lost cause - a defeated cause or a cause for which defeat is inevitable
reform - a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices; "the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"
war - a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious; "the war on poverty"; "the war against crime"
youth crusade, youth movement - political or religious or social reform movement or agitation consisting chiefly of young people
7.movement - an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving objectmovement - 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"
optical illusion - an optical phenomenon that results in a false or deceptive visual impression
8.movement - a euphemism for defecation; "he had a bowel movement"
euphemism - an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh
defecation, laxation, shitting - the elimination of fecal waste through the anus
9.movement - 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"
inclination, tendency, disposition - 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"
evolutionary trend - a general direction of evolutionary change
gravitation - a figurative movement toward some attraction; "the gravitation of the middle class to the suburbs"
10.movement - the driving and regulating parts of a mechanism (as of a watch or clock); "it was an expensive watch with a diamond movement"
action mechanism, action - the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism; "the piano had a very stiff action"
clock - a timepiece that shows the time of day
watch, ticker - a small portable timepiece
11.movement - the act of changing the location of something; "the movement of cargo onto the vessel"
change - the action of changing something; "the change of government had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion cost him the election"
deracination, displacement - to move something from its natural environment
transfer, transferral, transportation, conveyance, transport - the act of moving something from one location to another
intromission, insertion, introduction - the act of putting one thing into another
letting down, lowering - the act of causing something to move to a lower level
transplanting, transplantation, transplant - 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"
troop movement - movement of military units to a new location

1. group, party, organization, grouping, front, camp, faction a nationalist movement that's gaining strength
2. campaign, drive, push, crusade He contributed to the Movement for the Ordination of Women.
3. move, act, action, operation, motion, gesture, manoeuvre He could watch her every movement.
4. activity, moving, stirring, bustle, agitation There was movement behind the door.
5. advance, progress, flow, progression the movement of the fish going up river
6. transfer, transportation, displacement the movement of people, goods and services across borders
7. trend, flow, swing, current, tendency the movement towards democracy
8. development, change, shift, variation, fluctuation the meeting seems to have produced no movement on either side
9. progression, advance, progress, breakthrough the participants believed movement forward was possible
10. (Music) section, part, division, passage the first movement of Beethoven's 7th symphony
movement [ˈmuːvmənt]
(political)mouvement m
(physical)mouvement m
quick movements → mouvements rapides
to hear movement → entendre des bruits
He heard movement in the hut → Il entendit des bruits dans la cabane.
[goods, capital, people] → circulation f
(also bowel movement) → selles fpl
(= development) the movement towards sth → la progression vers qch
the movement towards democracy → la progression vers la démocratie
There was a movement towards a revival of conscription
BUT Il y a eu des tentatives pour rétablir le service militaire.
[symphony, concerto, sonata] → mouvement m movements
[suspect, person under surveillance] → faits et gestes mpl
his movements on 1 July last year → ses faits et gestes le premier juillet de l'année dernière
to monitor sb's movements (person under surveillance)surveiller les faits et gestes de qn
to monitor the movements of sb/sth [people, animals being studied] → suivre les déplacements de qn/qch
They monitor the movement of the fish going up river → Ils suivent les déplacements des poissons qui remontent la rivière.

(= motion)Bewegung f; (of troops etc)Truppenbewegung f; (fig) (= trend)Trend m(towards zu); (of events)Entwicklung f; (of prices/rates)Preis-/Kursbewegung f; a slight downward/upward movementeine leichte Abwärts-/Aufwärtsbewegung; the movement of trafficder Verkehrsfluss; movement (of the bowels) (Med) → Stuhlgang m; there was a movement toward(s) the dooralles drängte zur Tür; a marked movement to the rightein merklicher or deutlicher Rechtsruck; the flowing movement of the piece (Mus) → der fließende Rhythmus des Stückes; the free movement of capital and goodsder freie Kapital- und Warenverkehr
(= political, artistic etc movement)Bewegung f
(= transport: of goods etc)Beförderung f
(Mus) → Satz m
(= mechanism)Antrieb(smechanismus) m, → Getriebe nt; (of clock)Uhrwerk nt

movement [ˈmuːvmənt] n (gen) → movimento; (gesture) → gesto; (of stars, water, physical) → moto
movement (of the bowels) (Med) → evacuazione f (intestinale)
the police questioned him about his movements → la polizia lo ha interrogato circa i suoi spostamenti

movement حَرَكَةٌ pohyb bevægelse Bewegung κίνημα movimiento liike mouvement pokret movimento 動き 운동 beweging bevegelse ruch movimento движение rörelse การเคลื่อนไหว hareket sự chuyển động 运动

n.  movimiento, moción, acción, maniobra; [of the intestines] evacuación, defecación.

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If I stumble as I run, the sensation of falling provokes a movement of the hands towards the direction of the fall, the effect of which is to shield the body from too sudden a shock.
It is evident in all but one case that all these sorts of movement are distinct each from each.
The more merciful judgment of others remarks, with equal truth, that her eyes, her hair, her simple grace and grandeur of movement have lost but little of their olden charms.
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