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.

  2. Origin: [L. See Moment.]


  1. momentum(Noun)

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

  2. momentum(Noun)

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

  3. Origin: 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

  2. Momentum(noun)

    essential element, or constituent element

  3. Origin: [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.

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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. The Florida senator:

    Just watch, we have a lot of momentum.

  2. Lee Banville:

    There is some momentum on the Quist side.

  3. Vivian Reynoso:

    Of course you fear (losing the momentum).

  4. Alan Keenan:

    The UNP and their coalition have momentum.

  5. White House:

    We've got some momentum built up on our side.

Images & Illustrations of momentum

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