moment

[ moh-muhnt ]
/ ˈmoʊ mənt /

noun

Origin of moment

1300–50; Middle English < Latin mōmentum motion, cause of motion, hence, influence, importance, essential factor, moment of time, equivalent to mō- (variant stem of movēre to move) + -mentum -ment

SYNONYMS FOR moment

4 significance, weight, gravity. See importance.
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British Dictionary definitions for moment

moment

/ (ˈməʊmənt) /

noun

a short indefinite period of timehe'll be here in a moment
a specific instant or point in timeat that moment the doorbell rang
the moment the present point of timeat the moment it's fine
import, significance, or valuea man of moment
physics
  1. a tendency to produce motion, esp rotation about a point or axis
  2. the product of a physical quantity, such as force or mass, and its distance from a fixed reference pointSee also moment of inertia
statistics the mean of a specified power of the deviations of all the values of a variable in its frequency distribution. The power of the deviations indicates the order of the moment and the deviations may be from the origin (giving a moment about the origin) or from the mean (giving a moment about the mean)

Word Origin for moment

C14: from Old French, from Latin mōmentum, from movēre to move
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Idioms and Phrases with moment

moment


In addition to the idiom beginning with moment

  • moment of truth

also see:

  • at this point (moment)
  • every minute (moment) counts
  • for the moment
  • have one's moments
  • just a minute (moment)
  • live for the moment
  • never a dull moment
  • not for a moment
  • of the moment
  • on the spur of the moment
  • weak moment
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