moment

[moh-muhnt]

noun


Nearby words

  1. mom-and-pop,
  2. mom-in-law,
  3. momaday,
  4. mombasa,
  5. mome,
  6. moment of inertia,
  7. moment of sail,
  8. moment of truth,
  9. momentarily,
  10. momentary

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
1. second, jiffy, trice, flash, twinkling. See minute1. 4. significance, weight, gravity. See importance.

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Examples from the Web for moment


British Dictionary definitions for moment

moment

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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Word Origin and History for moment

moment

n.

mid-14c., "very brief portion of time, instant," in moment of time, from Old French moment (12c.) "moment, minute; importance, weight, value" or directly from Latin momentum "movement, motion; moving power; alteration, change;" also "short time, instant" (also source of Spanish, Italian momento), contraction of *movimentum, from movere "to move" (see move (v.)). Some (but not OED) explain the sense evolution of the Latin word by notion of a particle so small it would just "move" the pointer of a scale, which led to the transferred sense of "minute time division." Sense of "importance, 'weight' " is attested in English from 1520s.

Phrase never a dull moment first recorded 1889 in Jerome K. Jerome's "Three Men in a Boat." Phrase moment of truth first recorded 1932 in Hemingway's "Death in the Afternoon," from Spanish el momento de la verdad, the final sword-thrust in a bull-fight.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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