What does moment mean?

Definitions for moment
ˈmoʊ məntmo·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. moment, minute, second, instantnoun

    a particular point in time

    "the moment he arrived the party began"

  2. moment, mo, minute, second, bitnoun

    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, momentnoun

    at this time

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

  4. consequence, import, momentnoun

    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. momentnoun

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

  6. momentnoun

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


  1. momentnoun

    A brief, unspecified amount of time.

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

  2. momentnoun

    The smallest portion of time; an instant.

  3. momentnoun

    Weight or importance.

  4. momentnoun

    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. momentnoun

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

  6. momentnoun

    A petit mal episode; such a spell.

  7. momentnoun

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

  8. Etymology: From moment, from momentum.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MOMENTnoun

    Etymology: moment, Fr. momentum, Latin.

    We do not find that our Saviour reproved them of error, for thinking the judgment of the scribes to be worth the objecting, for esteeming it to be of any moment or value in matters concerning God. Richard Hooker, b. ii.

    I have seen her die twenty times upon far poorer moment. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra.

    What towns of any moment but we have? William Shakespeare.

    It is an abstruse speculation, but also of far less moment and consequence to us than the others; seeing that without this we can evince the existence of God. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    The place of publick prayer is a circumstance in the outward form, which hath moment to help devotion. Richard Hooker.

    Can these or such be any aid to us?
    Look they as they were built to shake the world?
    Or be a moment to our enterprize? Ben Jonson.

    Touch with lightest moment of impulse
    His free-will, to her own inclining left
    In even scale. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. x.

    He is a capable judge; can hear both sides with an indifferent ear; is determined only by the moments of truth, and so retracts his past errors. John Norris, Miscel.

    If I would go to hell for an eternal moment, or so, I could be knighted. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    The flighty purpose never is o’ertook,
    Unless the deed go with it: from this moment
    The very firstlings of my heart shall be
    The firstlings of my hand. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The imaginary reasoning of brutes is not a distinct reasoning, but performed in a physical moment. Matthew Hale.

    Yet thus receiving and returning bliss
    In this great moment, in this golden now,
    When ev’ry trace of what, or when, or how,
    Shou’d from my soul by raging love be torn. Matthew Prior.


  1. Moment

    "Our Moment is a song written by Roxanne Seeman, Philip Doron Bailey, Jr., Jens Hoy, and Rasmus Rudolph Soegaard. Kyle Echarri, a contestant of The Voice Kids Philippines, Season 2, recorded the song with producer Francis Guevarra. It was released on September 22, 2016.


  1. moment

    A moment can be defined as a specific point in time or a brief period of time, usually characterized by its significance, impact, or influence. It can also refer to the importance or weight of something, such as its significance or consequence. In physics, moment is defined as the turning effect or tendency of a force to cause rotation around an axis or pivot point.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Momentnoun

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

  2. Momentnoun

    impulsive power; force; momentum

  3. Momentnoun

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

  4. Momentnoun

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

  5. Momentnoun

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

  6. Momentnoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Moment

    mō′ment, n. moving cause or force: importance in effect: value, consequence: the smallest portion of time in which a movement can be made: an instant: the precise point of time, the right opportunity: (math.) an increment or decrement, an infinitesimal change in a varying quantity: (mech.) the moment of a force about a point is the product of the force and the perpendicular on its line of action from the point.—adj. Mō′mentany (Shak.), momentary.—adv. Mō′mentarily.—n. Mō′mentariness.—adj. Mō′mentary, lasting for a moment: done in a moment: short-lived.—adv. Mō′mently, for a moment: in a moment: every moment.—adj. Mōment′ous, of importance: of great consequence.—adv. Moment′ously.—ns. Moment′ousness; Moment′um, the quantity of motion in a body, measured by the product of the mass and the velocity of the moving body:—pl. Moment′a. [Fr.,—L. momentum, for movimentummovēre, to move.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. moment

    A unit of time.

    Each moment was defined by peace, love, joy and unity and it felt so wonderful to be united focused on the unity of what makes humanity so wonderful, creation in motion.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 30, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Moment is ranked #36477 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Moment surname appeared 613 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Moment.

    83.5% or 512 total occurrences were Black.
    8.3% or 51 total occurrences were White.
    4.2% or 26 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.1% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 11 total occurrences were Asian.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of moment in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of moment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of moment in a Sentence

  1. Yaryna Arieva:

    That was very scary, it's the happiest moment of your life, and you go out, and you hear that.

  2. Peter Drobac:

    The bottom line is the second wave is here in many countries in Europe already, our actions in the next couple of weeks, and throughout the winter, are going to be critical to stemming the spread but if we don't get a handle on it soon, particularly in places like the UK, Spain and France at the moment, we will certainly see a surge in deaths.

  3. Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly:

    We did not build the first contact tracing program on this level of transmission, local and states across the nation have recognized the need to be targeted with some of our contact tracing at this moment in time.

  4. Mignon McLaughlin:

    The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.

  5. Stoffel Vandoorne:

    I think at the moment, a lot of people want to try and compare from Formula One and Formula E, when actually they're completely different, like Alejandro said, they don't really want to compete against each other, they're both their own championship with Formula One being kind of, you know, the pinnacle of motorsport -- the highest you can achieve.

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