noun, plural mo·men·ta [moh-men-tuh] /moʊˈmɛn tə/, mo·men·tums.
Origin of momentum
Examples from the Web for momentum
In conversation, her ideas emerge at a roiling boil that often takes on a momentum of its own.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But in 2014, numerous states passed common-sense public safety laws, showing that the momentum for gun safety is building.
Currency problems are procyclical, which is to say that they create their own momentum.
Doing three in a row got a momentum going and I want to keep that momentum going.‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth|Alex Suskind|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bolstered by the momentum of Savage, Masters continued to accumulate up-and-coming conservative talent.
She descended more swiftly with the momentum thus gained, traveling toward the bottom on a different slant than before.Wyn's Camping Days|Amy Bell Marlowe
The momentum of the plane, going at great speed, carries any object dropped from it forward.Air Service Boys in the Big Battle|Charles Amory Beach
The Federation lost none of its momentum from the change of ministry.The Government of England (Vol. I)|A. Lawrence Lowell
Davies just threw the kedge over, and it just got a grip in time to check our momentum and save our bowsprit from the quayside.The Riddle of the Sands|Erskine Childers
He bounced back, absorbing his momentum in a twisting motion which left him squarely facing the oncoming pack.Lady Luck|Hugh Wiley
British Dictionary definitions for momentum
noun plural -ta (-tə) or -tums
Word Origin for momentum
Word Origin and History for 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 momentum
Plural momenta momentums
Culture definitions for 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.)