Move"ment (?), n. [F. mouvement. See Move, and cf. Moment.]


The act of moving; change of place or posture; transference, by any means, from one situation to another; natural or appropriate motion; progress; advancement; as, the movement of an army in marching or maneuvering; the movement of a wheel or a machine; the party of movement.


Motion of the mind or feelings; emotion.


Manner or style of moving; as, a slow, or quick, or sudden, movement.

4. Mus. (a)

The rhythmical progression, pace, and tempo of a piece.

"Any change of time is a change of movement." Busby. (b)

One of the several strains or pieces, each complete in itself, with its own time and rhythm, which make up a larger work; as, the several movements of a suite or a symphony.

5. Mech.

A system of mechanism for transmitting motion of a definite character, or for transforming motion; as, the wheelwork of a watch.

Febrille movement Med., an elevation of the body temperature; a fever. -- Movement cure. Med. See Kinesiatrics. -- Movement of the bowels, an evacuation or stool; a passage or discharge.

Syn. -- Motion. -- Movement, Motion. Motion expresses a general idea of not being at rest; movement is oftener used to express a definite, regulated motion, esp. a progress.


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