What does momentum mean?

Definitions for momentum
moʊˈmɛn təmmo·men·tum

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word momentum.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. momentum, impulse(noun)

    an impelling force or strength

    "the car's momentum carried it off the road"

  2. momentum(noun)

    the product of a body's mass and its velocity

    "the momentum of the particles was deduced from meteoritic velocities"


  1. Momentum(n.)

    A property of an activity or course of events, viewed as analogous to forward motion or to physical momentum (def. 1), such that the activity is believed to be able to continue moving forward without further application of force or effort; -- often used to describe an increase in the acquisition of public support for a purpose; as, as, the petition drive gained momentum when it was mentioned in the newspapers.

    Etymology: [L. See Moment.]


  1. momentum(Noun)

    (of a body in motion) the product of its mass and velocity.

    Etymology: From momentum.

  2. momentum(Noun)

    The impetus, either of a body in motion, or of an idea or course of events. (i.e: a moment)

    Etymology: From momentum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Momentum(noun)

    the quantity of motion in a moving body, being always proportioned to the quantity of matter multiplied into the velocity; impetus

    Etymology: [L. See Moment.]

  2. Momentum(noun)

    essential element, or constituent element

    Etymology: [L. See Moment.]


  1. Momentum

    In classical mechanics, linear momentum or translational momentum is the product of the mass and velocity of an object. For example, a heavy truck moving fast has a large momentum—it takes a large and prolonged force to get the truck up to this speed, and it takes a large and prolonged force to bring it to a stop afterwards. If the truck were lighter, or moving more slowly, then it would have less momentum. Like velocity, linear momentum is a vector quantity, possessing a direction as well as a magnitude: Linear momentum is also a conserved quantity, meaning that if a closed system is not affected by external forces, its total linear momentum cannot change. In classical mechanics, conservation of linear momentum is implied by Newton's laws; but it also holds in special relativity and, with appropriate definitions, a linear momentum conservation law holds in electrodynamics, quantum mechanics, quantum field theory, and general relativity.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. momentum

    Is the product of a weight multiplied by its velocity; that is, in marine dynamics, by its distance from a point determined as the centre of momentum; or from a line called the axis of the momentum.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. momentum

    Is that force possessed by a body in motion; and is measured by the product of the mass of the body into its velocity.

Editors Contribution

  1. momentum

    The quantity of motion of intention and energy.

    Momentum is clear to see within society as things change especially within politics.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 17, 2020  

How to pronounce momentum?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say momentum in sign language?

  1. momentum


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of momentum in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of momentum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of momentum in a Sentence

  1. Ted Cruz:

    This fevered pipe dream of Washington that at the convention they would parachute in some white knight who will save the Washington establishment, it is nothing less than a pipe dream, it ai n’t gon na happen. If it did happen, the people would quite rightly revolt. Senator Cruz only bolstered his case that he's gaining momentum in the battle against front-runner Trump with his Wisconsin victory. He scored 48 percent of the vote to Trump's 35 percent, and picked up the lion's share of the state's delegates. Ohio Gov. John Kasich trailed far behind. The race heads next, though, to New York state where Trump has a commanding lead in the polls. The criticism of having ties to the establishment is an unusual one for Cruz -- who has portrayed himself as an outsider fighting against what he calls.

  2. Michael Bapis:

    I don't think there's really any big momentum one way or the other with the earnings.

  3. Bernie Sanders:

    The truth is that for a campaign that started out as a fringe campaign at 3% in the polls we have enormous momentum.

  4. Dominick Chirichella:

    The market is so relaxed with the fact that we have a huge surplus. The momentum is too strong to the bearish side, even if fundamentally nothing has changed.

  5. Haseeb Amireh:

    The momentum to be able to go back home is quickly building, we may have good news as soon as this weekend.

Images & Illustrations of momentum

  1. momentummomentummomentummomentummomentum

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for momentum

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for momentum »


Find a translation for the momentum definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these momentum definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "momentum." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 17 Jan. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/momentum>.

    Are we missing a good definition for momentum? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    not established or confirmed
    • A. defiant
    • B. unsealed
    • C. omnifarious
    • D. butch

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for momentum:

    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.