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From Old French movement (modern French mouvement), from Medieval Latin movimentum, from Latin movere ‎(move).



movement ‎(plural movements)

  1. Physical motion between points in space.
    I saw a movement in that grass on the hill.
  2. (engineering) A system or mechanism for transmitting motion of a definite character, or for transforming motion, such as the wheelwork of a watch.
  3. The impression of motion in an artwork, painting, novel etc.
  4. A trend in various fields or social categories, a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals
    The labor movement has been struggling in America since the passage of the Taft-Hartley act in 1947.
  5. (music) A large division of a larger composition.
  6. (aviation) An instance of an aircraft taking off or landing.
    Albuquerque International Sunport serviced over 200,000 movements last year.
  7. (baseball) The deviation of a pitch from ballistic flight.
    The movement on his cutter was devastating.
  8. An act of emptying the bowels.
    • 1923, Samuel Goodwin Gant, Diseases of the Rectum, Anus, and Colon, Including the Ileocolic Angle, page 47:
      when after a movement feces are streaked with blood and the patient suffers from sphincter algia, a fissure should be suspected,
  9. (obsolete) Motion of the mind or feelings; emotion.


  • (motion between points in space): motion


  • (motion between points in space): stasis

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movement m (plural movemens)

  1. movement

Old French[edit]


movoir +‎ -ment, or from Medieval Latin mōvimentum, from Latin moveō.


movement m ‎(oblique plural movemenz or movementz, nominative singular movemenz or movementz, nominative plural movement)

  1. movement