Definitions for momentˈmoʊ mənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mo•ment*ˈmoʊ mənt(n.)

  1. an indefinitely short period of time; instant.

  2. the present time or any other particular time (usu. prec. by the):

    He is busy at the moment.

  3. a definite period or stage, as in a course of events:

    at that moment in history Rome was a republic.

  4. importance or consequence:

    a decision of great moment.

  5. a time or period of success, excellence, satisfaction, etc.:

    My job has its moments.

  6. Statistics. the mean or expected value of the product formed by multiplying together a set of one or more variates or variables each to a specified power.

    Category: Statistics

  7. Mech. a tendency to produce motion, esp. about an axis. the product of a physical quantity and its directed distance from an axis.

    Category: Mechanics

* Syn: See importance.

Origin of moment:

1300–50; ME < L mōmentum motion, cause of motion, hence, influence, essential factor, moment of time =mō- (var. s. of movēre to move ) +-mentum -ment

Princeton's WordNet

  1. moment, minute, second, instant(noun)

    a particular point in time

    "the moment he arrived the party began"

  2. moment, mo, minute, second, bit(noun)

    an indefinitely short time

    "wait just a moment"; "in a mo"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit"

  3. here and now, present moment, moment(noun)

    at this time

    "the disappointments of the here and now"; "she is studying at the moment"

  4. consequence, import, moment(noun)

    having important effects or influence

    "decisions of great consequence are made by the president himself"; "virtue is of more moment than security"; "that result is of no consequence"

  5. moment(noun)

    a turning force produced by an object acting at a distance (or a measure of that force)

  6. moment(noun)

    the n-th moment of a distribution is the expected value of the n-th power of the deviations from a fixed value

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. moment(noun)ˈmoʊ mənt

    a small amount of time

    Several moments went by before we realized what had happened.; For a moment I thought he was joking.

  2. momentˈmoʊ mənt

    indicates you want sb to wait a little

    I can help you with that in just a moment.

  3. momentˈmoʊ mənt

    a particular point in time

    Just at that moment the door opened.; I loved him from the moment I met him.

  4. momentˈmoʊ mənt


    She'll be here any moment now.

  5. momentˈmoʊ mənt

    at the present time

    We have no vacancies at the moment.

  6. momentˈmoʊ mənt

    as soon as, immediately after

    They left the moment they realized he wasn't coming.


  1. moment(Noun)

    A brief, unspecified amount of time.

    Wait up a moment, while I lock the front door.

  2. moment(Noun)

    The smallest portion of time; an instant.

  3. moment(Noun)

    Weight or importance.

  4. moment(Noun)

    The turning effect of a force applied to a rotational system at a distance from the axis of rotation. Also called moment of force.

  5. moment(Noun)

    A definite period of time, specifically one-tenth of a point, or one-fortieth or one-fiftieth of an hour.

  6. moment(Noun)

    A petit mal episode; such a spell.

  7. moment(Noun)

    A fit, a short-duration tantrum, a hissy.

  8. Origin: From moment, from momentum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Moment(noun)

    a minute portion of time; a point of time; an instant; as, at thet very moment

  2. Moment(noun)

    impulsive power; force; momentum

  3. Moment(noun)

    importance, as in influence or effect; consequence; weight or value; consideration

  4. Moment(noun)

    an essential element; a deciding point, fact, or consideration; an essential or influential circumstance

  5. Moment(noun)

    an infinitesimal change in a varying quantity; an increment or decrement

  6. Moment(noun)

    tendency, or measure of tendency, to produce motion, esp. motion about a fixed point or axis


  1. Moment

    Moment is an American Jewish magazine. It publishes articles related to Jewish culture, lifestyle, politics, and religion. Moment is not affiliated with any Jewish organization or religious movement, and its articles and columnists represent a diverse range of political views. It has 65,000 subscribers, and is the largest independent Jewish magazine in America.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Moment

    When a force is applied so as to tend to produce rotation around a point, the product of the force by the shortest distance from the point of rotation to the extension of the line of the force. Such distance is the perpendicular to the extension of the line through the point of rotation.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. moment

    In air transport, the weight of a load multiplied by its distance from a reference point in the aircraft.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'moment' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #442

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'moment' in Written Corpus Frequency: #335

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'moment' in Nouns Frequency: #116

Anagrams of moment

  1. montem

Translations for moment

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a very short space of time

I'll be ready in a moment; after a few moments' silence.

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