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Etymology edit

From Middle English mevement, from Old French movement (modern French mouvement), from movoir + -ment; cf. also Medieval Latin movimentum, from Latin movere (move). Doublet of moment and momentum. In this sense, displaced native Old English styring, which led to Modern English stirring.

Morphologically move +‎ -ment.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmuːv.mənt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: move‧ment

Noun edit

movement (countable and uncountable, plural movements)

  1. Physical motion between points in space.
    Synonym: motion
    Antonym: stasis
    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
    social movement
    The labor movement has been struggling in America since the passage of the Taft-Hartley act in 1947.
    • 2021, Richard C. Bush, Difficult Choices: Taiwan's Quest for Security and the Good Life[1], Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, page 274:
      During the latter part of Taiwan's authoritarian period, social protest movements arose that complemented the periodic efforts of the political opposition- the dangwai-to open the political system. One of the most prominent movements occurred in the town of Lukang in Changhua County in 1986.
  5. (music) A large division of a larger composition.
    Beethoven's movements
  6. (music) Melodic progression, accentual character, tempo or pace.
  7. (aviation) An instance of an aircraft taking off or landing.
    Albuquerque International Sunport serviced over 200,000 movements last year.
  8. (baseball) The deviation of a pitch from ballistic flight.
    The movement on his cutter was devastating.
  9. (bridge) A pattern in which pairs change opponents and boards move from table to table in duplicate bridge.
  10. 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,
  11. (obsolete) Motion of the mind or feelings; emotion.

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Etymology edit

From Old French movement.

Noun edit

movement m (plural movemens)

  1. movement

Descendants edit

  • French: mouvement

Occitan edit

Etymology edit

From Old Occitan; equivalent to mover +‎ -ment. Cf. also Medieval Latin movimentum.

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Noun edit

movement m (plural movements)

  1. movement (physical motion)
  2. movement (trend in various fields)

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Further reading edit

  • Joan de Cantalausa (2006) Diccionari general occitan a partir dels parlars lengadocians[2], 2 edition, →ISBN, page 664.

Old French edit

Etymology edit

movoir +‎ -ment; cf. also Medieval Latin mōvimentum (itself probably partly based on the Old French or other early Romance cognates), from Latin moveō.

Noun edit

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

  1. movement

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