noun, plural mo·men·ta [moh-men-tuh] /moʊˈmɛn tə/, mo·men·tums.
- mommsen, theodor
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
noun plural -ta (-tə) or -tums
Word Origin 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.
Plural momenta momentums
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.)