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Movement appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • A quick movement of the enemy will jeopardize six gunboats. (49 letters)
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun movement:

spoken English22.18%written English77.82% imaginative writing33.85%informational writing66.15%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun movement:

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Definition of the noun movement

What does movement mean as a name of something?

Movement is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in written English.

noun - plural: movements

  1. a change of position that does not entail a change of location
  2. the act of changing location from one place to another
  3. a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
  4. a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals
    • examples: he was a charter member of the movement | politicians have to respect a mass movement
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of movement: front / social movement
    • more generic term: social group = people sharing some social relation
    • more specific terms:
      • Fighting French / Free French = a French movement during World War II that was organized in London by Charles de Gaulle to fight for the liberation of France from German control and for the restoration of the republic
      • artistic movement / art movement = a group of artists who agree on general principles
      • Boy Scouts = an international (but decentralized) movement started in 1908 in England with the goal of teaching good citizenship to boys
      • Civil Rights movement = movement in the United States beginning in the 1960s and led primarily by Blacks in an effort to establish the civil rights of individual Black citizens
      • common front = a movement in which several individuals or groups with different interests join together
      • cultural movement = a group of people working together to advance certain cultural goals
      • oecumenism / ecumenism = a movement promoting union between religions
      • falun gong = a spiritual movement that began in China in the latter half of the 20th century and is based on Buddhist and Taoist teachings and practices
      • political movement = a group of people working together to achieve a political goal
      • reform movement = a movement intended to bring about social and humanitarian reforms
      • religious movement = a movement intended to bring about religious reforms
      • Zionist movement / Zionism = a movement of world Jewry that arose late in the 19th century with the aim of creating a Jewish state in Palestine
  5. a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata
  6. a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
  7. an optical illusion of motion produced by viewing a rapid succession of still pictures of a moving object
  8. a euphemism for defecation
  9. a general tendency to change (as of opinion)
    • example: a broad movement of the electorate to the right
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of movement: drift / trend
    • more generic words: disposition / inclination / tendency = an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
    • more specific terms:
  10. the driving and regulating parts of a mechanism (as of a watch or clock)
    • example: it was an expensive watch with a diamond movement
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic terms: action / action mechanism = the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism
    • part of: clock = a timepiece that shows the time of day; ticker / watch = a small portable timepiece
  11. the act of changing the location of something

Specialised definition of the noun movement

Glossary of sports

from a physical viewpoint the change in location of an object (a mass) over time in relation to another object viewed as a resting entity or in relation to a reference system defined by other objects; movement is, therefore, always relative, an absolute movement does not exist. Human movement, or rather the human being's urge to move is part of his nature and represents a central human behaviour. Human movement can be regarded as a change in location (change of the body's position in space), change in position (changing the position of the body segments in relation to each other), and change in velocity (change of the movement state by means of applying force). Sport is inconceivable without movement. Movement research is, therefore, an essential element of sport science; it deals with the development of "theories about movement" or with the question of what a moving human being is. From the viewpoint of sport medicine one differentiates between functional anatomy, which examines, e.g. the movement possibilities in the joints, and exercise physiology, which looks at various forms of muscular work (e.g. isotonic, isometric, auxotonic). Sport psychology, which includes the area of motor behaviour and motor control in some sport scientific paradigms, investigates the causes of movement, which can be a reflex (involuntary movement), cognitive control (voluntary movement), or external forces. Sport biomechanics provides explanations for movement in space and time (translational, rotational) on the basis of the laws of mechanics. Action theory regards movement as a process which is intended to solve a movement task with a certain goal. Movement can be characterized under the following five aspects: 1. the goal of the movement; this relates to a movement task which is either sequence-oriented (e.g. gymnastics) or result-oriented (e.g. long jump), or both (e.g. ski jumping); 2. the movement object (the mass to be moved), which can be either the own body (e.g. in running), a partner (e.g. in dancing), an opponent (e.g. in judo), or an object (e.g. a ball); 3. the characteristics of a movement system; three different types can be distinguished: natural movement (e.g. running), instrumentally supported movement (e.g. playing tennis), and movement made possible by a partner (e.g. in volleyball or judo); 4. the environmental conditions, which include factors such as snow, water, light; 5. rules and regulations which limit and standardize sport movement (e.g. arm and leg work in breast-stroke swimming). (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / equestrian

a single manoeuvre in a dressage performance (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

any single characteristic style of a horse's motion. A number of such movements go into a dressage performance


  1. The Movement was an American techno act from Los Angeles, California consisting of musicians AJ Mora, Richard "Humpty" Vission with rapper/DJ/producer/dancer DJ Hazze. The group was produced by Walter "Kandor" Kahn.
  2. Movement a.k.a. The Movement is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like Movement 98, M/CR Movement, Manic Movement, Forced Movement, Linear Movement, Static Movement, United Movement, The Key Movement, Far East Movement, Paradise Movement, The Free Movement, The Soul Movement, New Music Movement, Southside Movement, The Cross Movement, Pattern Is Movement, White Rose Movement, Buck Rogers Movement, Isaac Hayes Movement.


Movement is a record label.


  1. "Movement" is the debut album by the English rock band New Order, released in November 1981 on Factory Records. At the time of its release, the album was not particularly well received by critics or consumers, only peaking at No. 30 on the UK albums chart. Subsequent critical reception for Movement have been very positive.
  2. "Movement" is the second album by American indie rock band Gossip, it was released on May 6, 2003.
  3. "Movement" is the fourth full-length album of the Japanese rock band 9mm Parabellum Bullet, released on June 15, 2011.
    • released on
  4. "Movement" is the fourth single from LCD Soundsystem, released on 8 November 2004.
  5. "Movement" is a composition.
  6. "Movement" E.P. is an extended play released by trance DJ BT. It was released in Germany only, and contains four singles from BT's third studio album, Movement in Still Life, which was released approximately five years prior to this EP itself.
  7. "Movement" is the fourth album by Jamaican saxophonist Joe Harriott recorded in England in 1963 and released on the Columbia label.
    • genre: Jazz
    • released in (52 years ago)
  8. "Movement" is a musical album of Holly Herndon.
    • released on
  9. "Movement" is a 2004 album by LCD Soundsystem.
    • genre: Dance-punk
    • released on (10 years ago)
  10. "Movement" is a musical EP of Letting Up Despite Great Faults.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  11. "Movement" is a musical single of The Pillows.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  12. "Movement" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  13. "Movement" is a musical EP of All Get Out.
    • released on
  14. "Movement" is a musical album of Elevator Division.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  15. "Movement" is a musical album of S.E.N.S..
    • released on (15 years ago)
  16. "Movement" is a musical album of Module.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  17. "Movement" is a musical single of The Whip.
    • released in
  18. "Movement" is a musical album of Up Front.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  19. "Movement" is a musical album of Thieves and Villains.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  20. "Movement" is a musical album of Inhale Exhale.


"Movement" is a 2011 short story written by Nancy Fulda.

  • released in (4 years ago)
  • some of the awards:
      • Nebula Award for Best Short Story nomination for Nancy Fulda
      • Hugo Award for Best Short Story nomination for Nancy Fulda


"Movement" is a short film, directed by Tamara Bilankov.

  • also known as Pokret
  • country: Croatia
  • released in


  1. Movement: In horology, a movement, also known as a caliber, is the mechanism of a clock or watch, as opposed to the case, which encloses and protects the movement, and the face which displays the time. The term originated with mechanical timepieces, whose clockwork movements are made of many moving parts. It is less frequently applied to modern electronic or quartz timepieces, where the word module is often used instead.
  2. Movement: In sign languages, movement, or sig, refers to the distinctive hand actions that form words. In William Stokoe's terminology, it is the SIG, an abbreviation of signation. Movement is one of five components of a sign—with handshape, orientation, location, and facial-body expression. Different sign languages use different types of movement. Some treatments distinguish movement and hold—signs, or parts of signs, that involve motion vs. those that hold the hands still.
  3. Movement is a cataloged instance, musical recording.

Phrases with Movement

  1. Movement 2 June
  2. Wh-movement
  3. art movement
  4. eye movement
  5. bowel movement
  6. fetal movement
  7. Human movement
  8. labor movement
  9. troop movement
  10. youth movement
  11. Camera Movement
  12. foetal movement
  13. oxford movement
  14. reform movement
  15. salafi movement
  16. social movement
  17. crustal movement
  18. zionist movement
  19. anti-war movement
  20. apparent movement

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Movement

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Google previewThe Economic Journal (1918)

The Quarterly Journal of the Royal Economic Society

co-operative movement is an idealistic movement as to say that it is a class movement. It is true that there are some...

Google previewGrace and Freedom (2000)

Operative Grace in the Thought of St.Thomas Aquinas by Bernard Lonergan

And so, since movement is the act of the movable thing, the second action, insofar as it is the act of the operator,

Google previewDiscovering Classical Music: Mahler (2016)

His Life, The Person, His Music by Ian Christians, Sir Charles Groves CBE

The slow movement is a funeral march based on the wellknown “Frère Jacques'; ... The fourth movement is the famous Adagietto as featured in the film 'Death in Venice', and this is another of Mahler's great and very moving slow movements, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Cooperative Movement (1999)

by Jack Shaffer

An attempt to start a banana production cooperative in 1904 and the organization of the first indigenous credit structure in 1905 were the beginnings of what has grown into the Jamaican cooperative movement. Though unsuccessful at that ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the American Indian Movement (2013)

by Bruce Elliott Johansen

Grand Governing Council American Indian Movement The AIM's Grand Governing 152 | George-Kanentiio, Douglas Mitchell.

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Modern Olympic Movement (2004)

by John E. Findling, Kimberly D. Pelle

of the honor: not only was it the most successful and versatile nation in Olympic history in sporting performance, but it was considered to have done much in Olympic forums to enhance the preeminent role of sport and the Olympic Movement.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Modern Olympic Movement (1996)

by John E. Findling, Kimberly D. Pelle

Spalding, a prominent publisher and sporting goods manufacturer, took the reins from Sullivan and became the first president of America's Olympic movement. Despite the efforts of Sullivan, Spalding, and others, the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Populism in America: A Historical Encyclopedia [2 volumes] (2014)

by Alexandra Kindell, Elizabeth S. Demers Ph.D.

Many of the entries in these two volumes detail the longest and most sustained populist upwelling that emerged, in the United States, during the late nineteenth century—a movement known as Populism. Anchor articles unpack the thorniest, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Gay Histories and Cultures (2013)

by George Haggerty

l975 that evolved from black people's nonviolent struggle, waged during the l950s, for civil rights and against racial segregation in the South (the civil rights movement). Unlike the civil rights movement, through which activists sought to reform ...

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Small photo of The abstract movement of the danceSmall photo of The dance movementSmall photo of beer bike special transport merry party movement movement teamwork movement walk city center. Budapest Hungary February 2018Small photo of SPAIN-TORREVIEJA, ALICANTE, CONCERT ROCK AGAINST CANCER - JUNE 16, 2018: Group of Young People Drum Percussion Clapping. Woman Girl Performs Capoeira Acrobatic Movement Balancing on Hand Upside DownSmall photo of Children training their movement skills in the parkSmall photo of Abstract movement of the danceSmall photo of Abstract movement in the dance. Children ensemble. Moscow. Russia More...

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Quotes about Movement

I had formed a black movement, so I would speak for the Trotskyist movement and then walk about a hundred yards to where the black movement was speaking. (C.L.R. James)
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Scrabble value of M3O1V4E1M3E1N1T1

The value of this 8-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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