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Move, Mowe, Muve, v. Also: mow, muwe, mwve, muiv; moove, moowe, moouve; also (Douglas) moving, -yng infin. Pres. p. also mowene. P.p. also mowead, and Moyt. [ME. move(n (c 1250), e.m.E. move, moove (1566),OF. movoir, L. movēre. Cf. also Meve and Mufe.] To move.

1. Transitive senses. 1. tr. To move (a thing, part of the body, etc.) physically.Also said of God as mover of the universe, and of the wind as driving a ship or ships.(1) ?1438 Alex. ii. 4658.
On him was nouther sennoun nor vane That thay na mouit war ilkane
c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 634.
[Bucephalus] Movand his tale be manere as fawnand
1513 Doug. iv. vi. 102.
He movit nocht an e
1533 Gau 83/5.
Quhen men mwuis the mwtht and the lippis and the tunge wtuertlie without the hart and mind
1531 Bell. Boece I. xl.
Ane man, and ane hundreth, movis it [a stone] elik
c1590 Fowler II. 193/3.
Her pilote … alone stood at the helme, who only mooued and gouerned the whole frame … very artificially
(2) a1400 Leg. S. l. 475.
Bot a God … That mad & mowis alkine thing
1513 Doug. vi. xii. 8.
In euery part the hie wysdome dyvyne Diffundit movys this warldis hail engyne
(3) c1420 Wynt. vi. 2498.
Thai … off fors, as wynd thame movyd, Come in the fyrth

b. reflex. To move, move about, move one's limbs or body. a1568 Bann. MS. 226 b/10.
I madlie mvrne and mviv [v.r. mvuis] me to and fro

c. To execute the movements of (a dance). a1500 Colk. Sow i. 385.
All thair dansis and play Thay movit in thair mad muting
Ib. 313.

d. Of the heavenly bodies: To move cours, = sense 14 d. — 1513 Doug. iii. viii. 21.
Of euery starn … That in the still hevyn move cours we se

e. In astrology, of the constellations: To affect or alter by heavenly influence (the ‘complexions’ of persons). — c1420 Wynt. ii. 614.
Thai that hafys thaire matere, Or felys thare complexiownys Movyd be constellatyownys Discordand

f. ? To control, govern, wield (? as the heavenly bodies govern events on the earth). — c1530-40 Stewart Bann. MS. 216 b/26.
All mychtis movit within the mappamond

g. ? To promote (a person) to an office. — 1556 Lauder Off. Kings 335.
And geve thay haue the floke abusit, Ȝe kyngs sall be for that accusit, … Becaus ȝe mouit thame to sic curis Quhilk nother techis ryche nor puris

2. a. To cause (persons) to remove, to expel. b. To cause (an army) to remove, in advance or retreat. c. To change (one's battle station) by advancing, giving ground, or the like.a. c1400 Troy-bk. i. 76.
Leamedone … dois till ws grete iniure … To exile ws out of hys land, And namly, sene he neuir fand … Cause ws to move one this manere
b. c1420 Wynt. iv. 858.
He mowyd his powere Agayne the Atteneys
Ib. 1612.
Hanybyll … Of Chawmpayne mowyd hale his ost
c. c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 1454.
The king bad all men keip thair ordinance … Na move thair battallis quhill thai haid bidding

3. To make (war, also battle, etc.) (again(is, contrare, till, to, (up)on etc. an adversary, also, in passive, betwix adversaries).Cf. OF. movoir guerre, L. bellum, arma, movē 1375 Barb. xix. 183 (E).
Quhen thai diswsyt er, Than may ȝe move on thaim ȝour wer
a1400 Leg. S. xxix. 358.
Quhene ony mowit to thaim were
c1420 Wynt. iii. 896.
This Cyrus wes in gret trawayle And mowand were and hard batayle
Ib. iv. 565.
Cambises He movyd in tyll Egipt were
Ib. ix. 1344.
The Empryoure tharefor Octovyane Agayne hym mowyd felle bargane
Ib. iv. 595, 635. Ib. 2257.
Muwe [: luwe]
1456 Hay I. 20/31; etc. c1475 Wall. xi. 1387.
I mowyt na wer bot for to win our awin
1513 Doug. vii. viii. 16.
Quhilk thyng … first sterit the wild fosteris fell To move debait or mak thame for batell
Ib. xi. vi. 61.
Prouocand ȝou to movyng [E. mofing], rays and steir Sa peralus … wer?
1531 Bell. Boece I. 126.
Thay movit injust battal aganis fre peple
Ib. 13. 1533 Boece viii. iv. 257.
Doutles gif he fand oportunite he suld move weris contrare Scottis an Pichtis
Ib. ii. iv. 90, etc. 1535 Stewart 18679, 32473. 1570 Leslie 44. a1578 Pitsc. I. 21/11.
Albeit sick … traitouris … mowe weir contrair wtheris
passive 1456 Hay I. 79/28.
Mony of the weris that was in the begynnyng … was movit of curage of nature
1526 Acta Conc. MS. XXXVI. 53.
Ony … were movit … betwix us and ony extranear natioun

4. To stir up, instigate (sedition, dissension, or the like.)Cf. L. sēditionem movēre. a1400 Leg. S. xv. 173.
Bot that wikyt Baryene … mowit sic sedicione In-to the foule folk of the towne That [etc.]
1533 Boece iii. v. 98.
Cesare … was aduertist how … the Carnwtis … had in Gallia movit grete trubill
Ib. vi. 99.
Ane haisty brek in the ilis was movit
1562-3 Winȝet I. 33/3.

5. To begin (some wrongful action); to institute (persecution); to start (acrimonious argument, quarrelling, a disturbance, controversy, etc.).(1) 1456–70 Liber Aberbr. II. 107.
[That] the vrangus occupatioun of owr said landis of Caute was mowyt and begwn on this vay
(2) 1456 Hay I. 7/1 i.
The grete weris and persecucioun that … has bene movit agayne haly kirk
(3) 1456 Hay I. 115/11.
All debatis, noyses and ryotis that in the ost is movit
1551 Acts II. 482/2.
To moue ony questioun pikgruge or querrell … aganis the … persounis committaris of the slauchter of siclyke persounis tratouris
1571 Lanark B. Rec. 63. 1583 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 101.
That na trublance nor occasioun of trublance salbe maid or mowit be ony thair membiris
(4) 1562-3 Winȝet I. 4/11.
The godlye wysedome of thi maiestie hes be ane edict inhibit ony questioun or controuersie to be mouit in this actioun

6. To institute (legal proceedings), bring (an action at law) (again(is or to another, betwene two parties, before a judge, upon a subject, etc.).Also absol. and passive (with and without mention of the pursuer).Cf. MF. movoir debat, proces, question.See also, for further examples, Debate n. 1379–80 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 2.
Nowthir I no myn ayres … may … aganis thaim questioun or plede moue in tyme to cum
1400 Maxwell Mem. I. 138.
On ony maner of wyse, agayn this present wyrt mute tyl inbryng or move
14.. Burgh Laws c. 10 (B).
And he hafe … wythin that terme movit nathyng of it … he sal nevir be herde of that cause
1456 Hay I. 208/9.
That a noble marchand of Paris suld … move plede before him that is a soutare or a skynnare [etc.]
1490 Acta Conc. I. 151/1.
To move pley agane the prouest for the recouering of the said annuale
1495 Contract (Mey P.) MS. 13 June.
Na to mow pley to the said Alexander
1558 Grant Chart. 125.
Gif Allexander Ros or Dauid Ros … mowys ane caus of dyuors, quharthrowe [etc.]
1571–2 Reg. Privy C. II. 129.
The awnaris thairof wald move actioun aganis him thairfoir
absol. 1379–80 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 2.
And in case gif I or myn ayres or assignes … before ony juge sall attempt or moue I … grantez that our folowing be nocht herd
passive (1) 1402 Dundee Chart. No. 22.
Question and debate beand movit of before bytwene the burowys of Perth … and of Dunde
14.. Burgh Laws c. 40 (B).
Of the playnte that ane of thaim wyl pleigne of ane vthir movit betwene thaim
1488 Reg. Paisley 406.
Anentis the debatis … movit betuix the saidis partis tuiching the redding of the landymeris
1492 Dunferm. B. Rec. 40. 1529 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 99.
In the mater movit betweix the said Jhone Brydin and Jhone Hesloip
(2) 1509 Reg. Privy S. I. 295/2.
All actions [etc.] … movit or to be movit agane the said reuerend fader
1546 Edinb. Hammermen 169 b.
For the defence of the pley mouit be Henry Cranstoun … aganis the brothir
1556–7 Inverness Rec. I. 4.
In the action and cause be Johne Budeth mowyt hyr incontrar
1559 St. A. Kirk S. I. 26. 1568 Buch. Indict. 46.
Thai causet a diuorcie be mowyt in dowble forme agains his laufull vyif
1583 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 103. 1631 Justiciary Cases I. 156.
The burning of the toure of Frendraucht quhair upone thair is no persute movet
(3) 1400 Maxwell Mem. I. 138.
The mute movyt … befor ony juge

7. To put forward as a question for discussion, to advance or propound as an argument, to argue.(1) 1456 Hay I. 66/15.
Apon the quhilk thing I sall move twa questiones, sa that temporale men and secularis may better knaw the caus quhy and how it come first
Ib. 131/29.
Bot ane othir questioun mare stark is efter movit, that is quhethir [etc.]
Ib. II. 90/36. a1538 Abell 94 b.
All the questionis at the Jowis mowis aganis our faith
1562-3 Winȝet I. 73/20.
Sen St. Augustine also speikand of sinnaris, dar nocht moue quaestioun thairin of the said blissit Virgine
1570 Q. Mary in Campbell Love-Lett. Mary 228.
Such a matter is movid that tuichis us bayth quhilk is the transporting ȝoure littil son [etc.]
(2) a1500 Henr. III. 117/49.
This myrry man of mirth ȝit movit moir: My cors is clene without corruptioun

b. To expound, declare (some state of affairs). — a1500 Bk. Chess 582.
The forsaid caise scho planlye to thaim movit

c. With indirect question as object: To put the question, inquire, ask. c1420 Wynt. iii. 341.
Dalyda … In hyr flechyng thraly mowyde And askyt oft as he hyr lufyde Quhar in hys fors stud and hys pyth
a1578 Pitsc. I. 166/20.
Conjectering and moving in his mynd quhome this sould be
1674 Urie Baron Ct. 94.
The ground maister … moved to these that wer present … what they wer willing to give … to the miller

8. To trouble, disquiet, perturb, perplex, upset (a person or his mind).(1) c1420 Wynt. ii. 310 (C).
Gret derthe and hungyr sare That had the pupil mowit mar Na war that Josephe [etc.]
c1420 Ratis R. 751.
And tell hyme euir-ilka wyce That movis thé one ony vys
a1500 Seven S. 2611. 1560 Rolland Seven S. 441.
Quhat mouis ȝow or quhat haue ȝe in dout?
a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxx. 18.
Lat no mishape nor miserie ȝow mowe
1597 Misc. Spald. C. I. 148.
Thow speirit at him quhat movit or trublit him; and he ansyrit thé agane, I trow the Deuill is in this hous
1600-1610 Melvill 65.
Mr. Andro … answers never a word bot ‘God facher! what hes muvit yow yie neid to bost?’
1616 Misc. Hist. Soc. II. 224.
Thair vniust & vncivil deinands … moovit and commoovit hir greatlie
(2) 1513 Doug. iv. xi. 21.
Quhat wodnes, fey Dido, movis thi mynd?

b. reflex. To be perturbed or upset. c1460 Thewis Wysmen 193.
Fore gret tynsell thai move thaim nocht, Na fore gret vynyng changis thocht
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 1263.
Moue you na thing
1513 Doug. viii. Prol. 128. 1535 Stewart 38030.
At thair wordis he movit him richt nocht
1567 G. Ball. 31.

c. passive.(1) ?1438 Alex. ii. 2758.
Ane riche man that worth is ocht, Suld nocht be moued [Fr. esbahis] in dede na thocht
(2) c1475 Wall. x. 547.
Lat I the Bruce sayr mowyt [1570, muifit] in his entent
Ib. iv. 536. 1570 Leslie 164.(3) a1500 Seven S. 2035.
Thar at was Balan gretly movit [: lufit]
a1570-86 Maitl. F. xlv. 60.
At all doggis that barkis men suld nocht be movit

9. a. To arouse emotionally, to excite. c1420 Wynt. ii. 1492.
Quhat tyme at thaire appetyte, Thame movyd in lust and in delyte

b. To rouse to anger or the like (at another). c1475 Wall. xi. 182.
Quhat dewyll mowyt ȝon churllys at me?
c1610 Melville Mem. 369.
It that moved them, they said, was a kuff or a blaw quhilk [etc.]

c. Chiefly passive: (To be) roused, angered, incensed.(1) c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 1513 (D).
Eneas that moved was
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 300.
Quhan thai saw that mighty sa mouit in his mude
1531 Bell. Boece II. 434.
Robert, movit with this injure, lay ilk day in wait
1567 G. Ball. 151.
My Father was sa mouit And with mankynde sa greuit
a1568 Scott ii. 91.
Than wer thay movit owt of mynd Far mair than of beforne
(2) c1420 Wynt. iii. 247.
The Phylisteis … Movid in tyll brynand ire
Ib. v. 4290, 4701. 1596 Dalr. II. 351/17.
Euin than m. lord Sempil, suddenlie mouet with angre, … stiket m. lord Sanchar Chreichton
(3) c1420 Wynt. iv. 852.
Darius … Agayne Atenys mowid wes
Ib. vii. 2015. 1533 Bell. Livy I. 122/16.
The said pepill war … movit aganis him for the surfett spending of tharelaubouris
1549 Compl. 2.
Gode … beand mouit contrar the rauisant volfis of Ingland
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 255.
The said Adame … movit in iyre towartis hir

10 . To arouse, stir up, incite, encourage (to hostile action) (aganis another). 1513 Doug. viii. xii. 8.
Cesar August … Movand to batale the Italyanis
1531 Bell. Boece II. 106/38.
To move his nobillis with mare spreitt and curage aganis thair inymyis

11. To affect with tender, compassionate or sorrowing emotion, to move to pity, love, sorrow, or the like.Also absol. and, chiefly, c1420 Wynt. vi. 1233.
Bot pyte swa movyd thare thoucht
a1585 Maitl. Q. lxvi. 76.
The dulcour feminine … the maist motive hes bene … To move thair myndis maist insensative
absol. c1450-2 Howlat 452.
Bot now it movis all ther maist That ȝour hart nobillast To me is closit and cast
passive ?1438 Alex. ii. 2401.
I am sa mouit throw that sicht That [etc.]
c1420 Wynt. iii. 427.
Than Sampson, movid in pete [etc.]
Ib. 522.
And fra he wyst welle howe thai ware Demaynyd into foule thrildome, He movyde wes for thar fredome
Ib. vii. 657.
In devotyowne movyd
Ib. 838.
Yhit wes hys hart swa movyd That [etc.]
c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 995. 1461 Liber Plusc. I. 383.
Thow man that is … Leifful to joy, sone movyt to doloure
1531 Bell. Boece I. 242.
The Romanis, movit be hir comploratioun, that scho was licent … to remane in Scotland
1560 Rolland Seven S. 4273.
The knicht … was mouit with mercie
a1585 Maitl. Q. xxxviii. 100.
I ȝow beseik be movit with my wound [etc.]
1568 Skeyne Descr. Pest To Reader.
Mouit in that part, seand the pure of Christ inlaik [etc.]
a1651 Calderwood IV. 508.
When one of them leughe or mourned, the other was incointinent moved to the same affectioun also

12. a. Of God: To prompt, incline (a person, also his heart, mind or the like). b. Of a person: To influence, persuade, urge (another). c. Of circumstances, considerations, feelings, etc.: To actuate, impel, motivate.Const. to do something, to some purpose, action, or desire, or without complement.a. 1568 Buch. Indict. 43.
Gif God haid nocht mowit the virker of the thing to manifest hym self
a1578 Pitsc. II. 112/11. 1600-1610 Melvill 12.
Fyve hounder marks, quhilk God moved the hart of a … frind to frilie offer to me
b. 1456 Hay II. 107/14.
active (1) Than sall thou move tham … to extoll thy name
1562 Edinb. Hammermen 252. 1597 Warrender P. (S.H.S.) II. 324.
That his majestie move my Leadie Huntlie to embrase the religion
1600-1610 Melvill 8.(2) 1610 Misc. Hist. Soc. II. 166.
To induce or moouve the said prince to pitie & compassion of his estait
passive 1597 Warrender P. (S.H.S.) II. 357.
And sic as be thair moyen may be mowed
1607 Facs. Nat. MSS. III. lxxxvi.
That M. Patrik may be movit be your maiesties authoritie to accept the plaice
1613 Elgin Rec. II. 135.
Bot being movit be sum … becaus they lewche upone him they movit him to lauche again
1615 Cramond Ch. Aberdour 15.
It was complenit by some … that they could not get the pastour movit to receive his ordinar teind silver
c. a1400 Leg. S. xxxi. 4.
active (1) [This story] suld mowe women To lof God & thame-selfe kene
Ib. xxi. 226. c1420 Wynt. vii. 3318.
This mowyd the Kyng off Norway In Scotland to cum
Ib. iii. Prol. 14. 1456 Hay II. 8/25.
He sperit at him, Quhat movit him to muse sa mekle on his wordis?
1490 Irland Mir. I. 87/21. 1513 Doug. ii. ix. 23. 1533 Boece iv. xi. 142.
Qu hat suld move Romanis … to … iniustlie reif fra Albianis thare innative liberte
1562-3 Winȝet I. 19/18.
Quharefor chearitie moueis ws to aduertis ȝou of thre thingis
c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 320.
This mouit thame that werk till interpryse
a1578 Pitsc. I. 119/35. Ib. 263/24.
Thir motiwes … mowet the gentilmen and commonis hartis … for to favour the Kingis pairtie
1580 Hay in Cath. Tr. 33/2.
The humanitie quhilk it pleasit yow to schaw me … hes mowead me to tak the bawldness to wreat wnto yow
1588 King Cat. in Ib. 202/18. 1592 Warrender P. (S.H.S.) II. 174. 1593 Cochran-Patrick Coinage I. 26.
Quhilk mowitt me this to deill with strangeris
1596 Dalr. I. 128/18. 1600 Hamilton Facile Tr. in Cath. Tr. (S.T.S.) 219/4. 1600-1610 Melvill 135. 1655 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 136.
(2) 1531 Bell. Boece I. 127.
Thir wourdis of the capitanis inovit the armyes to … ardent desire of battall
Id. Livy I. 30/18.
Quhilkis wourdis ar richt … effectuus to move the ingine of women to pleser
(3) a1400 Leg. S. xxi. 166.
Gyf suthfastnes Had thé mowit
1548 Reg. Soltre 216.
For certane causis mowene ws and him thairone
1556 Inverness Rec. I. 3. 1596 Dalr. I. 126/11. 1627 Linlithgow B. Rec. 27 Apr.
The counsall wpoune guid consideratiounes moweing thame [etc.]
passive (1) c1520-c1535 Nisbet III. 324/30.
Goddis fauour … quhairby he was movit ande jnclynit to gif Christ to us
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 939.
Mouit be prydefull ambitioun, He eit
1569 Q. Mary in Facs. Nat. MSS. III. lix.
Quhairthroucht we ar movit to seik remedy thairfor
c1590 Fowler II. 176/19.
That none … change his horse, if hee bee not hurt, or vpon some other consideration mooued to change him
(2) a1578 Pitsc. I. 29 h. of ch.
Hou the Earlle of Douglas was mowit to tyranie
(3) 1488 Lag Chart. 15.
We nevertheles movit of piete and of our speciall grace and favours [etc.]
1532 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 59.
The … communitie, movit of devotioun, hes for the honour of God [etc.]
1539 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 199.
Certane vourdis of displessour I spak of yow … in my crabbyne movit of angyr
1562-3 Winȝet I. 76/24.
Quha ar nocht moueit of Christis spirit ar nocht His
a1578 Pitsc. I. 16/9. Ib. 28/21.
c1593 Lett. Jas. VI to Bruce 285.
How sho is movid sen youre speiking with her, God knawis
1562-3 Winȝet II. 49/13.
For wickit Porphyrius self mouit be the name of him … passit to Alexandria and thair saw him
1571 Sat. P. xxix. 36.
Quhat mervell than thocht chaist Forett, mouit be luyf and ȝeill [etc.]
1562-3 Winȝet II. 11/3.
Layng may thai heir protest, or ony man quha hes cuir of his saul be moueit for sik a protestatioun
1580 Facs. Nat. MSS. III. lxx.
We are not moved for any worldly respect
1610 9th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 240/2.
[He] said he was movet to do the same for sicke vane reasons that war lang to wryte
a1578 Pitsc. I. 48/8.
Bot this Earle James … was nothing movet witht thir wordis
1596 Dalr. I. 190/21.

d. In thepassive, without mention of an agent: To be persuaded, to be inclined, also, to decide.Also to be movit (= dissuaded) fra (a duty etc.). 1456 Hay I. 3/32.
Sa that ȝour curage suld be movit the mare to help to sett remede in the haly cristyn faith
Ib. II. 48/34.
Grete charge, the quhilk he suld nocht lychtly be movit fra
1540 Crim. Trials I. i. 228.
That the King was moveid upone sute to releive him
1562-3 Winȝet I. 10/11.
Of nature [we] … ar mouit to wys gude to al in the samyn
Ib. ii. 17/30.
Lat thame wryte delicatlie and exquisitlie quha to that porpose ar moueit
1567 Anderson Collect. Mary II. 277.
My lord, now Regent, was mowit to accept upon him the commission of regentry
a1578 Pitsc. I. 218/5.
He was movett to pase to the deine of the said chapell royall
1582 Conv. Burghs I. 156.
Ony … personis quha may be movitt to len and aduance the said sovme of jm li.
1596 Bk. Univ. Kirk III. 871. c1615 Chron. Kings 33.
[The Picts] war mowit to leaff the herressie of Pelagius and imbreassit the trew catholik religioune
1622-6 Bisset II. 389/4.

e. To urge (some course of action) on, to propose (something) to, a person. — 1650 Strathbogie Presb. 176.
[She] mowed on Christan Reid … to foster the child
1673 Dunblane Synod 99.
And whill I was thinking with myselfe what might be fitt for me to move to yow

13. a. To set in motion, to begin to pursue, to put into action (a purpose etc.). c1420 Wynt. viii. 5108.
All off fors that hym behowyd As he his purpos that tyme movyde To drawe the kynryk in fredwme
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyt. 89.
Or thow durst move thy mynd malitius Thow saw the saill abone my heid up draw

b. To arouse (some emotion or the like) in one's heart. 1456 Hay II. 62/14.
The grete paynis and travailis that ire has movit in mannis hert
16.. Hist. Kennedy 23.
This mowit ane gritt maleise in thair hairttis aganis him

c. To involve (another) in (to) (trouble or difficulty). 1592 Reg. Privy C. IV. 736.
Upoun plane intent to move the said complenair to cummer and withdraw him fra the executioun of his said office

II. Intransitive senses. 14. intr. Of persons and animals: To go forward, proceed from one place to another, advance. Also reflex.intr. c1420 Wynt. viii. 6452.
And that thai wald wyth thare powere Mowe stoutly
c1450-2 Howlat 367.
A lyon … on mold quhar he movit
c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 1233.
Quhan thai haid movit a litill jornay
a1500 Henr. III. 115/5.
Movand allone in mornyng myld
c1475 Wall. iv. 698.
On the thrid nycht thai mowit but mar abaid
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 2 (M).
Apon the midsummer ewin … I muvit furth till ane [MS. allane] meid
1513 Doug. iv. v. 5.
Fame is myscheif … Movand scho growis
1533 Boece v. vi. 175.
With haiste expedicion thai movit contrare Trebellius and his armye
Ib. x. xiv. 384 b.
Danis … moving ane huly pais, schot thare awfull dartis
a1578 Pitsc. II. 158/7.
He mowit wpe to the hill heid of Tarbitt … to awew … the congregatioun
c1590 Fowler II. 182/28.
The barons … mooued towards the pulpit
reflex. c1420 Wynt. viii. 2523.
Than to that batayle thame stowtly mowyd [: behowyd]
1531 Bell. Boece I. 170.

b. Of things: To shift. c1420 Wynt. i. 964.
Thare ryvarys ragys noucht for rayne Na mowys noucht
c 1420 Liber Calchou II. 450.
And thus a lang tyme it [sc. venom in the body] is mowend or it reste in ony plas
1535 Stewart 31081.
Sanct Androis corce apperit in the air … Out of that place wald nother move nor wend
a1578 Pitsc. II. 79/23.
Thair appeirit into his sight … ane great fyre burneand extremlie, movand heir and thair in sindrie pairtis

c. Said of the ‘moves’ assigned to chess pieces. a1500 Bk. Chess 2049.
A king … movis our all quhar
Ib. 2082.
A quheyne movand scho suld kepe colouris ay

d. Of the heavenly bodies in their courses. — 1528 Lynd. Dreme 507.
The sewin planetis … moue naturallie, Sum swyft, sum slaw, as to thare kynde afferis
1560 Rolland Seven S. 10485.

e. In astrology, of the human disposition: To alter or be affected by the heavenly influence. — c1420 Ratis R. 900.
Twichand thi disposicioune Mowand throw constellacione

f. To proceed (to do something). — 1456 Hay I. 213/35.
And of this mater movis the doctouris mare to speke be caus of the tyrane Lombardis

15. To change position, exhibit motion, stir.Chiefly with negative, = not to stir or budge, and also said of words, = stirring, being uttered, and thoughts, = occurring, coming to mind.(1) 1456 Hay II. 48/27.
As the sadill … haldis him ferme that he movis nocht for na strake
c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 1264.
He [sc. Bucephalus] mouit him nocht nor maid him nocht to steir
1566-70 Buch. Comm. on Virgil Æn. v. 396.
Hebet, moweth not, is not quick
1570-3 Bann. Trans. 61.
[I] could no wayis steir nor move
a1578 Pitsc. I. 389/21.
Seing that he was so sune in the morning and seit no man mowand
(2) c1475 Wall. xi. 270.
This ye desyrt, it mowyt neuir in my thocht
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 1166.
Thair wes na word muvand Sa war thai all stil
(3) 1513 Doug. vi. iv. 42.
And woddy toppys hie Of thir hillys begyn to move thai se
1627 Forbes Eubulus (1627)152.
By it the legge walketh and mooveth

16. a. fig. To change, alter; to wane, decay. b. impersonal. It movis, = hostilities are opened. (Cf. sense 3). c1420 Wynt. viii. 6096.
Qwha will off Fortown wndyrstand It is hyr lauch to be movand
a1500 Henr. III. 117/46.
Quhen thi manheid sall move as the mone
c1475 Wall. viii. 551.
Our ost sall ces … Thir xl dayis, bargane for till bid. We sall do nocht, les than it mowe in yow

17. Of inherited property: To derive as inheritance from or through (of or be) (a particular predecessor).Cf. late ME. meve(n (of) (1438) and e.m.E. move (by) (1587).(1) 1479 Acta Conc. I. 42/1.
Nocht beand lauchfully descendit of the … blude that the landis movit of
1492 Thanes of Cawdor 77. 1492 Acta Conc. I. 250/2.
Because thai wer maid without hir consent the said landis movande of hir
(2) 1491 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 327.
Be the reson of heritage pertening and mowyn to hyme be his vife
1493 Acta Conc. I. 283/2.
William Thane of Caldor sall mak Johne … his secund sone sikker of … all heretagis that movit be the said Johne of Caldoris moder

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