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
Synonym: motility, motion, move
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
Synonym: motion, move
a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
Synonym: motion
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
a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata
the second movement is slow and melodic
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
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
a euphemism for defecation
he had a bowel movement
Synonym: bm, bowel 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
Synonym: trend, drift
the driving and regulating parts of a mechanism (as of a watch or clock)
it was an expensive watch with a diamond movement
the act of changing the location of something
the movement of cargo onto the vessel