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ˈmoʊ mənˌtɛr imo·men·ta·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fleeting, fugitive, momentaneous, momentaryadjective

    lasting for a markedly brief time

    "a fleeting glance"; "fugitive hours"; "rapid momentaneous association of things that meet and pass"; "a momentary glimpse"


  1. momentaryadjective

    lasting for only a moment

  2. momentaryadjective

    happening at every moment; perpetual

  3. momentaryadjective

    ephemeral or relatively short-lived

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Momentaryadjective

    Lasting for a moment; done in a moment.

    Etymology: from moment.

    Momentary as a sound,
    Swift as a shadow, short as any dream. William Shakespeare.

    Scarce could the shady king
    The horrid sum of his intentions tell,
    But she, swift as the momentany wing
    Of light’ning, or the words he spoke, left hell. Richard Crashaw.

    Swift as thought the flitting shade
    Through air his momentary journey made. Dryden.

    Onions, garlick, pepper, salt and vinegar, taken in great quantities, excite a momentary heat and fever. Arbuthnot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Momentaryadjective

    done in a moment; continuing only a moment; lasting a very short time; as, a momentary pang

  2. Etymology: [L. momentarius. See Moment.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of momentary in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of momentary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of momentary in a Sentence

  1. Bill McInturff:

    When you see a number this different, it means you might be right on top of a shift in the campaign, what you don't know yet is if the change is going to take place or if it is a momentary 'pause' before the numbers snap back into place.

  2. Passenger Matt Tranchin:

    Flight attendants rushed up. There was momentary chaos. Everyone kind of descended on where this hole was.

  3. Evelyn Waugh:

    Of children as of procreation - the pleasure momentary, the posture ridiculous, the expense damnable.

  4. Marcus Aurelius:

    When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man’s life.

  5. Roger Stone:

    It was an egregious mistake. I obviously wish I could do it over again, but I cannot, i recognize I let the court down, I let you down, I let myself down. ... It was a momentary lapse in judgment.

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    declare untrue; contradict
    • A. conceal
    • B. deny
    • C. interrupt
    • D. carry

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