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moment

Noun

1 a particular point in time; "the moment he arrived the party began" [syn: minute, second, instant]
2 an indefinitely short time; "wait just a moment"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit" [syn: minute, second, bit]
3 at this time; "the disappointments of the here and now"; "she is studying at the moment" [syn: here and now, present moment]
4 having important effects or influence; "decisions of great consequence are made by the president himself"; "virtue is of more moment that security" [syn: consequence, import] [ant: inconsequence]
5 the moment of a couple is the product of its force and the distance between its opposing forces
6 the n-th moment of a distribution is the expected value of the n-th power of the deviations from a fixed value

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From moment, from momentum.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) /'məʊmənt/, /"m@Um@nt/
  • (US) /'moʊmənt/, /"moUm@nt/
  • Hyphenation: mo·ment

Noun

  1. A brief, unspecified amount of time.
    Wait up a moment, while I lock the front door.
  2. Weight or importance.
    • 1904, Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Adventure of the Second Stain’ (Norton 2005, p.1192)
      The document in question is of such immense importance that its publication might very easily – I might almost say probably – lead to European complications of the utmost moment.
  3. The turning effect of a force applied to a rotational system at a distance from the axis of rotation. Also called moment of force.
  4. A definite period of time, specifically one-tenth of a point, or one-fortieth or one-fiftieth of an hour.
  5. A petit mal, a spell.
  6. A fit, a short-duration tantrum, a hissy.

Translations

instant of time
moment of force

Etymology

momentum

Noun

  1. moment

Dutch

Etymology

momentum

Noun

  1. moment

French

Etymology

From momentum.

Pronunciation

Noun

fr-noun m

See also

Romanian

Etymology

momentum

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. moment

Declension

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moment in German: Moment
moment in Spanish: Momento
moment in French: Moment
moment in Galician: Momento
moment in Croatian: Moment (razdvojba)
moment in Italian: Momento
moment in Lithuanian: Momentas
moment in Dutch: Moment
moment in Norwegian: Moment
moment in Polish: Pęd
moment in Portuguese: Momento
moment in Russian: Момент
moment in Turkish: Moment

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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