Pronunciation: (mOOv'munt), [key]
1. the act, process, or result of moving.
2. a particular manner or style of moving.
3. Usually, movements. actions or activities, as of a person or a body of persons.
4. Mil., Naval.a change of position or location of troops or ships.
5. abundance of events or incidents.
6. rapid progress of events.
7. the progress of events, as in a narrative or drama.
8. Fine Arts.the suggestion of motion in a work of art, either by represented gesture in figurative painting or sculpture or by the relationship of structural elements in a design or composition.
9. a progressive development of ideas toward a particular conclusion: the movement of his thought.
10. a series of actions or activities intended or tending toward a particular end: the movement toward universal suffrage.
11. the course, tendency, or trend of affairs in a particular field.
12. a diffusely organized or heterogeneous group of people or organizations tending toward or favoring a generalized common goal: the antislavery movement; the realistic movement in art.
13. the price change in the market of some commodity or security: an upward movement in the price of butter.
14. See bowel movement.
15. the working parts or a distinct portion of the working parts of a mechanism, as of a watch.
a. a principal division or section of a sonata, symphony, or the like.
b. motion; rhythm; time; tempo.
17. Pros.rhythmical structure or character.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.