- The definition of a moment is a brief period of time, or a specific point in time.
- An example of a moment is a thirty-second pause during a walk to look at the sunset.
- An example of a moment is the time of the civil rights movement.
moment definition by Webster's New World
- an indefinitely brief period of time; instant
- a definite point in time or in a series of events
- a brief time of being important or outstanding
- importance; consequence: news of great moment
- Mech. the product of some physical quantity and its distance from the origin of coordinates or an axis, as a torque
- Philos. any constituent element of a complex entity or process
Origin: Middle English ; from Classical Latin momentum, movement, impulse, brief space of time, importance ; from an unverified form movimentum ; from movere, to move
moment definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A brief, indefinite interval of time.
- A specific point in time, especially the present time: He is not here at the moment.
- A particular period of importance, influence, or significance in a series of events or developments: a great moment in history; waiting for her big moment.
- Outstanding significance or value; importance: a discovery of great moment.
- A brief period of time that is characterized by a quality, such as excellence, suitability, or distinction: a lackluster performance that nevertheless had its moments.
- Philosophy a. An essential or constituent element, as of a complex idea.b. A phase or an aspect of a logically developing process.
- Abbr. M Physics a. The product of a quantity and its perpendicular distance from a reference point.b. The tendency to cause rotation about a point or an axis.
- Statistics The expected value of a positive integral power of a random variable. The first moment is the mean of the distribution.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mōmentum, from *movimentum; see momentum.
moment - Phrases/Idioms