Movement of the bowels

Movement of the bowels
Movement Move"ment, n. [F. mouvement. See {Move}, and cf. {Moment}.] 1. The act of moving in space; change of place or posture; motion; as, the movement of an army in marching or maneuvering; the movement of a wheel or a machine. [1913 Webster]

2. Manner or style of moving; as, a slow, or quick, or sudden, movement. [1913 Webster]

3. Transference, by any means, from one situation to another; a change of situation; progress toward a goal; advancement; as, after months of fruitless discussion there was finally some movement toward an agreement. [1913 Webster +PJC]

4. Motion of the mind or feelings; emotion. [1913 Webster]

5. (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. [1913 Webster]

6. (Mech.) A system of mechanism for transmitting motion of a definite character, or for transforming motion; as, the wheelwork of a watch; as, a seventeen jewel movement. [1913 Webster]

7. A more or less organized effort by many people to achieve some goal, especially a social or artistic goal; as, the women's liberation movement; the progressive movement in architecture. [PJC]

{Febrile 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. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Motion.

Usage: {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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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