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English noun: movement

1. movement (act) a change of position that does not entail a change of location

SamplesThe reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise.
Movement is a sign of life.
An impatient move of his hand.
Gastrointestinal motility.

Synonymsmotility, motion, move

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)abduction, adduction, agitation, body English, circumduction, closing, dart, disturbance, eurhythmics, eurhythmy, eurythmics, eurythmy, eversion, everting, eye movement, fetal movement, flicker, flit, flutter, foetal movement, gesture, headshake, headshaking, inclination, inclining, inversion, inversion, jerk, jerking, jolt, kick, kicking, kneel, kneeling, lurch, opening, pitch, pitching, posing, prostration, quiver, quivering, reach, reaching, reciprocation, reclining, retraction, retroflection, retroflexion, rotary motion, rotation, saccade, shutting, sitting, sitting, snap, span, squat, squatting, squirm, standing, straddle, stretch, stroke, sweep, toss, upending, vibration, wave, waver, wiggle, wriggle

2. movement (act) the act of changing location from one place to another

SamplesPolice controlled the motion of the crowd.
The movement of people from the farms to the cities.
His move put him directly in my path.

Synonymsmotion, move

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)advance, advancement, approach, approaching, ascending, ascension, ascent, chase, coast, coming, crawl, descent, displacement, flow, following, forward motion, glide, haste, hurry, hurrying, locomotion, lunge, lurch, maneuver, manoeuvre, migration, onward motion, play, procession, progress, progression, pursual, pursuit, return, rise, rush, rushing, shift, shifting, slide, slippage, speed, speeding, stream, swing, swinging, translation, travel, travel, traveling, travelling, vacillation

3. movement (event) a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something


Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent

Narrower (hyponym)approach, approaching, backlash, bend, bending, Brownian motion, Brownian movement, cam stroke, change of location, commotion, crustal movement, deflection, deflexion, heave, jitter, kick, moving ridge, passage, passing, pedesis, periodic motion, periodic movement, rebound, recoil, recoil, repercussion, seek, squeeze, stroke, tectonic movement, throw, travel, turn, turning, twist, undulation, undulation, wave, wave, whirl, wobble, wrench, wring

4. movement (group) a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals

SamplesHe was a charter member of the movement.
Politicians have to respect a mass movement.
He led the national liberation front.

Synonymsfront, social movement

Broader (hypernym)social group

Narrower (hyponym)art movement, artistic movement, Boy Scouts, Civil Rights movement, common front, cultural movement, ecumenism, falun gong, Fighting French, Free French, oecumenism, political movement, reform movement, religious movement, Zionism, Zionist movement

5. movement (communication) a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata

SamplesThe second movement is slow and melodic.

Broader (hypernym)composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music

Narrower (hyponym)intermezzo, scherzo

Part meronymsonata

6. movement (act) a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end

SamplesHe 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.

Synonymscampaign, cause, crusade, drive, effort

Broader (hypernym)venture

Narrower (hyponym)ad blitz, ad campaign, advertising campaign, anti-war movement, campaigning, candidacy, candidature, charm campaign, consumerism, electioneering, feminism, feminist movement, fund-raising campaign, fund-raising drive, fund-raising effort, gay lib, gay liberation movement, lost cause, political campaign, reform, war, women's lib, women's liberation movement, youth crusade, youth movement

7. movement (phenomenon) an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object

SamplesThe cinema relies on apparent motion.
The succession of flashing lights gave an illusion of movement.

Synonymsapparent motion, apparent movement, motion

Broader (hypernym)optical illusion

8. movement (process) a euphemism for defecation

SamplesHe had a bowel movement.

Synonymsbm, bowel movement

Broader (hypernym)defecation, laxation, shitting

Domain usageeuphemism

9. movement (cognition) a general tendency to change (as of opinion)

SamplesNot openly liberal but that is the trend of the book.
A broad movement of the electorate to the right.

Synonymsdrift, trend

Broader (hypernym)disposition, inclination, tendency

Narrower (hyponym)evolutionary trend, gravitation

10. movement (artifact) the driving and regulating parts of a mechanism (as of a watch or clock)

SamplesIt was an expensive watch with a diamond movement.

Broader (hypernym)action, action mechanism

Part meronymclock, ticker, watch

11. movement (act) the act of changing the location of something

SamplesThe movement of cargo onto the vessel.

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)conveyance, deracination, displacement, insertion, introduction, intromission, letting down, lowering, transfer, transferral, transplant, transplantation, transplanting, transport, transportation, troop movement

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