Moment meaning

mōmənt
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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.

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A brief, indefinite interval of time.
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Outstanding significance or value; importance.

A discovery of great moment.

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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.

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A brief time of being important or outstanding.
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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.

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(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.
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A brief but indefinite period of time; instant.
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A definite point in time or in a series of events.
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Importance; consequence.

News of great moment.

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(mech.) The product, as a torque, of some physical quantity and its distance from the origin of coordinates or an axis.
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(philos.) Any constituent element of a complex entity or process.
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A brief, unspecified amount of time.

Wait a moment, while I lock the front door.

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The smallest portion of time; an instant.
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(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.
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(historical) A definite period of time, specifically one-tenth of a point, or one-fortieth or one-fiftieth of an hour.
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(informal) A petit mal episode; such a spell.
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(colloquial) A fit, a short-duration tantrum, a hissy.
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the moment
  • the present or the immediate future
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the moment

Origin of moment

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin mōmentum from movimentum momentum

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French moment, from Latin momentum.

    From Wiktionary