momentum[mō men′təm, mə-]
- 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.
- 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.
nounpl. mo·men·ta or mo·men·tums
- Symbol 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 meu&schwa;- 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.