Dictionary: MOV'A-BLE-NESS – MOW'ED

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The state or quality of being movable; mobility; susceptibility of motion.

MOV'A-BLES, n. [plur.]

Goods, wares, commodities, furniture; any species of property not fixed, and thus distinguished from houses and lands.

MOV'A-BLY, adv.

So that it may be moved. Grew.

MOVE, n.

The act of moving; the act of transferring from place to place, as in chess. Cowley.

MOVE, v.i.

  1. To change place or posture; to stir; to pass or go in any manner or direction from one place or part of space to another. The planets move in their orbits; the earth moves on its axis; a ship moves at a certain rate an hour. We move by walking, running or turning; animals move by creeping, swimming or flying. On the green bank I sat and listened long, / Nor till her lay was ended could I move. Dryden.
  2. To have action. In him we live, and move, and have our being. Acts xvii.
  3. To have the power of action. Every moving thing that liveth, shall be meat for you. Gen. ix.
  4. To walk. He moves with manly grace. Dryden.
  5. To march. The army moved and took a position behind a wood.
  6. To tremble; to shake. The foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. Ps. xviii.
  7. To change residence. Men move with their families from one house, town or state to another.

MOVE, v.t. [moov; L. moveo; It. movere; Sp. mover; Fr. mouvoir; W. mudaw. It is probably a contracted word. Class Md.]

  1. To impel; to carry, convey or draw from one place to another; to cause to change place or posture in any manner or by any means. The wind moves a ship; the cartman moves goods; the horse moves a cart or carriage. Mere matter can not move itself. Machines are moved by springs, weights, or force applied.
  2. To excite into action; to affect; to agitate; to rouse; as; to move the passions.
  3. To cause to act or determine; as, to move the will.
  4. To persuade; to prevail on; to excite from a state of rest or indifference. Minds desirous of revenge were not moved with gold. Knowles. lint when no female arts his mind could move, / She turn'd to furious hate her impious love. Dryden.
  5. To excite tenderness, pity or grief in the heart; to affect; to touch pathetically; to excite feeling in. The use of images in orations and poetry is to move pity or terror. Felton. When he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them. Matth. ix.
  6. To make angry; to provoke; to irritate. Shak.
  7. To excite tumult or commotion. When they had come to Bethlehem, all the city was moved about them. Ruth i. Matth. xxi.
  8. To influence or incite by secret agency. God moved them to depart from him. 2 Chron. xviii. 2 Pet. i.
  9. To shake; to agitate. The kingdoms were moved. Ps. xlvi. Jer. xlix.
  10. To propose; to offer for consideration and determination; as, to move a resolution in a deliberative assembly.
  11. To propose; to recommend. They are to be blamed alike who move and who decline war upon particular respects. Hayward.
  12. To prompt; to incite; to instigate. Acts xvii.

MOV'ED, pp.

Stirred; excited.


That can not be moved; fixed. The Grecian phalanx, moveless as a tower. Pope.

MOVE'MENT, n. [Fr. mouvement.]

  1. Motion; a passing, progression, shaking, turning or flowing; any change of position in a material body; as, the movement of an army in marching or maneuvering; the movement of a wheel or a machine.
  2. The manner of moving.
  3. Excitement; agitation; as, the movement of the mind. Pope.
  4. In music, any single strain or part having the same measure or time. Any change of time is a change of movement. Busby.

MO'VENT, a. [L. movens.]

Moving; not quiescent. [Little used.] Grew.


That which moves any thing. [Little used.] Glanville.

MOV'ER, n.

  1. The person or thing that gives motion or impels to action. Shak. Wilkins.
  2. He or that which moves.
  3. A proposer; one that offers a proposition, or recommends any thing for consideration or adoption; as, the mover of resolution in a legislative body.


Motive; impulse. South.

MOV'ING, ppr.

  1. Causing to move or act; impelling; instigating; persuading; influencing.
  2. adj. Exciting the passions or affections; touching; pathetic; affecting; adapted to excite or affect the passions; as, a moving address or discourse.

MOV'ING-LY, adv.

In a manner to excite the passions or affect sensibility; pathetically. His air, his voice, his looks and honest soul, / Speak all so movingly in his behalf. Addison.


The power of affecting, as the passions.

MOW, n. [Sax. mowe or muga; It. mucchio, a heap or mass; Sp. mucho, much; Sw. mycken, many, much.]

A heap, mass or pile of hay deposited in a barn. [We never give this name to hay piled in the field or open air. The latter is called a stack or rick.]

MOW, n. [from mouth.]

A wry face. [Obs.] Shak.

MOW, v.i.1

  1. To cut grass; to practice mowing; to use the sythe. Does the man mow well?
  2. To perform the business of mowing; to cut and make grass into hay; to gather the crop of grass, or other crop. [In America, mow is not applied to the cutting of wheat or rye. When these are cut with a sythe, they are said to be cradled. Oats and barley are sometimes mowed.]

MOW, v.i.2

To make mouths. [Obs.] Ascham.

MOW, v.t.1

To lay hay in a heap or mass in a barn, or to lay it in a suitable manner.

MOW, v.t.2 [pret. mowed; pp. mowed or mown; Sax. mawan; D. maaijen or maayen; Sw. meya; Dan. mejer; G. mähen. In Sp. and Port. mochar is to cut off. The L. has meto, and the Gr. αμαω, to mow or reap. The last radical letter is not ascertained.]

  1. To cut down with a sythe, as grass or other plants. We say, to mow grass.
  2. To cut the grass from; as, to mow a meadow.
  3. To cut down with speed; to cut down indiscriminately, or in great numbers or quantity. We say, a discharge of grape shot mows down whole ranks of men. Hence Saturn or Time is represented with a sythe, an emblem of the general and indiscriminate destruction of the human race by death.

MOW'BURN, v.i.

To heat and ferment in the mow, as hay when housed too green. Mortimer.

MOWE, v.i.

To be able; must; may. [Obs.] Chaucer.

MOW'ED, pp.

Put into a mow.