noun, plural mo·men·ta [moh-men-tuh] /moʊˈmɛn tə/, mo·men·tums.
Origin of momentum
British Dictionary definitions for linear momentum
noun plural -ta (-tə) or -tums
Word Origin for momentum
Word Origin and History for linear momentum
1690s, scientific use in mechanics, "quantity of motion of a moving body," from Latin momentum "movement, moving power" (see moment). Figurative use dates from 1782.
Science definitions for linear momentum (1 of 2)
Science definitions for linear momentum (2 of 2)
Plural momenta momentums
Culture definitions for linear momentum
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.)