- 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.
momentum definition by Webster's New World
momentum definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. mo·men·ta or mo·men·tums
- Symbol p Physics A measure of the motion of a body equal to the product of its mass and velocity. Also called linear momentum.
- a. Impetus of a physical object in motion.b. Impetus of a nonphysical process, such as an idea or a course of events: The soaring rise in interest rates finally appeared to be losing momentum.
- Philosophy An essential or constituent element; a moment.
Origin: Latin mōmentum, movement, from *movimentum, from movēre, to move; see meuə- in Indo-European roots.
momentum - Business Definition
momentum - Cultural Definition
In physics, the property or tendency of a moving object to continue moving. For an object moving in a line, the momentum is the mass of the object multiplied by its velocity (linear momentum); thus, a slowly moving, very massive body and a rapidly moving, light body can have the same momentum. (See Newton's laws of motion.)
- Figuratively, momentum can refer to the tendency of a person or group to repeat recent success: “The Bears definitely have momentum after scoring those last two touchdowns.”
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.
momentum - Science Definition
Plural momenta momenta or momentums