movement: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (mv'munt), [key]
— n.
  1. the act, process, or result of moving.
  2. a particular manner or style of moving.
  3. Usually,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 suggestion of motion in a work of art, either by represented gesture in figurative painting or sculpture or by the relationship of structural elements in a design or composition.
  9. a progressive development of ideas toward a particular conclusion: the movement of his thought.
  10. a series of actions or activities intended or tending toward a particular end: the movement toward universal suffrage.
  11. the course, tendency, or trend of affairs in a particular field.
  12. a diffusely organized or heterogeneous group of people or organizations tending toward or favoring a generalized common goal: the antislavery movement; the realistic movement in art.
  13. the price change in the market of some commodity or security: an upward movement in the price of butter.
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  15. the working parts or a distinct portion of the working parts of a mechanism, as of a watch.
    1. a principal division or section of a sonata, symphony, or the like.
    2. motion; rhythm; time; tempo.
  16. rhythmical structure or character.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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