What does momentum mean?

Definitions for momentum
moʊˈmɛn təmmo·men·tum

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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  

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  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. Wang Dong:

    I'm not saying China will end altogether future talks with the Trump administration. But it would take time to build momentum again, to say the least.

  2. Vivian Reynoso:

    The reason why this has been so huge (is that) we're in school, we talk to our classmates, we spread it around, everybody's around so it's kind of easier to show up, of course you fear (losing the momentum).

  3. Katie Stockton:

    For a breakout we need consecutive weekly closes above 2,100, momentum is not there yet, so I'm watching for the downside.

  4. Vinit Bhatia:

    It's a long-term business and people are unlikely to change strategy just based on one quarter's volatility. When you are investing in China, public market exposure comes with the turf and one can't escape it, we expect China buyouts to gain momentum over the next five years which will make it even more attractive for private equity firms.

  5. Jason Furman:

    The problem with the economic side is that if it lasts more than a few months, it then takes on its own momentum, if you look across the United States and across other countries, the unemployment rate can go up very quickly, but it cant come back down very quickly. It never has. A business whose balance sheet is in tatters after nine months without revenues might go bankrupt, it might go out of business, or it wont be in position to hire people back immediately even if demand returns.

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