- 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.
- a brief but indefinite 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, as a torque, of some physical quantity and its distance from the origin of coordinates or an axis
- Philos. any constituent element of a complex entity or process
Origin of momentMiddle English ; from Classical Latin momentum, movement, impulse, brief space of time, importance ; from an unverified form movimentum ; from movere, to move
- A brief, indefinite interval of time.
- a. A specific point in time, especially the present time: He is not here at the moment.b. A point in time that is gratifying or noteworthy: Even working on a dictionary has its moments.c. An occasion affording an opportunity: viewed the blunder as a teachable 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 aspect of a logically developing process.
- Abbr. M Physics a. The product of a quantity, such as force or mass, and its perpendicular distance from a reference point.b. The tendency to cause rotation about a point or axis.
- Statistics The expected value of a positive integer power of a random variable. The first moment of a random variable is the mean of its probability distribution.
Origin of momentMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin m&omacron;mentum, from *movimentum; see momentum.
- A brief, unspecified amount of time.
- Wait a moment, while I lock the front door.
- The smallest portion of time; an instant.
- Weight or importance.
- (physics, mechanics) The turning effect of a force applied to a rotational system at a distance from the axis of rotation. Also called moment of force.
- (historical) A definite period of time, specifically one-tenth of a point, or one-fortieth or one-fiftieth of an hour.
- (informal) A petit mal episode; such a spell.
- (colloquial) A fit, a short-duration tantrum, a hissy.