moment

[ moh-muhnt ]
/ ˈmoʊ mənt /

noun

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Origin of moment

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, Middle French, from Latin mōmentum “motion, cause of motion,” hence, “influence, importance, essential factor, moment of time,” from movimentum (unattested), equivalent to mō- (variant stem of the verb movēre move) + -mentum -ment

synonym study for moment

1. See minute1. 4. 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

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