- An example of momentum is how quickly a car is moving down a hill.
- An example of momentum is the encouragement of your parents, which keeps driving you forward and encouraging you to continue to succeed.
Momentum is defined as the amount of motion occurring in something that is moving, or the force that drives something forward to keep it moving.
nounpl. -·tums or -·ta
- the impetus of a moving object
- strength or force that keeps growing or building: a campaign that gained momentum
- the product of the mass of a particle, body, etc. and its velocity: abbrev. M
Origin of momentumModern Latin from L: see moment
nounpl. mo·men·ta, or mo·men·tums
- p Physics A quantity used to measure the motion of a body, equal to the product of the body's mass and its velocity. Also called linear momentum .
- a. The force or energy exhibited by a moving body: The ball did not have enough momentum to reach the goalposts.b. The driving force or advancing strength of a development or course of events: The effort to reform public education has been gaining momentum.
- Philosophy An essential or constituent element; a moment.
Origin of momentumLatin mōmentum movement from movimentum from movēre to move ; see meuə- in Indo-European roots.
(plural momentums or momenta)
From Latin momentum.
momentum - Investment & Finance Definition
- A measure of the rate of change in prices, instead of the actual price levels. Momentum is a tool used in technical analysis.
- The impetus of rising or falling prices.