Definition of Moment

1. Noun. A particular point in time. "The moment he arrived the party began"

2. Noun. An indefinitely short time. "In just a bit"
Exact synonyms: Bit, Minute, Mo, Second
Generic synonyms: Time
Specialized synonyms: Blink Of An Eye, Flash, Heartbeat, Instant, Jiffy, New York Minute, Split Second, Trice, Twinkling, Wink
Language type: Britain
Derivative terms: Momentaneous, Momentary

3. Noun. At this time. "She is studying at the moment"
Exact synonyms: Here And Now, Present Moment
Generic synonyms: Nowadays, Present

4. Noun. Having important effects or influence. "That result is of no consequence"
Exact synonyms: Consequence, Import
Specialized synonyms: Matter, Hell To Pay
Generic synonyms: Significance
Derivative terms: Consequential, Momentous
Antonyms: Inconsequence

5. Noun. A turning force produced by an object acting at a distance (or a measure of that force).
Generic synonyms: Force
Specialized synonyms: Moment Of Inertia, Moment Of A Couple, Dipole Moment

6. Noun. The n-th moment of a distribution is the expected value of the n-th power of the deviations from a fixed value.
Category relationships: Statistics
Generic synonyms: Statistic
Specialized synonyms: Second Moment, Variance

Definition of Moment

1. n. A minute portion of time; a point of time; an instant; as, at that very moment.

Definition of Moment

1. Noun. A brief, unspecified amount of time. ¹

2. Noun. The smallest portion of time; an instant. ¹

3. Noun. Weight or importance. ¹

4. Noun. (physics mechanics) The turning effect of a force applied to a rotational system at a distance from the axis of rotation. Also called moment of force. ¹

5. Noun. (historical) A definite period of time, specifically one-tenth of a point, or one-fortieth or one-fiftieth of an hour. ¹

6. Noun. (informal) A petit mal episode; such a spell. ¹

7. Noun. (colloquial) A fit, a short-duration tantrum, a hissy. ¹

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Definition of Moment

1. a brief period of time [n -S]

Medical Definition of Moment

1. 1. A minute portion of time; a point of time; an instant; as, at thet very moment. "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye." (1 Cor. Xv. 52) 2. Impulsive power; force; momentum. "The moments or quantities of motion in bodies." (Berkley) "Touch, with lightest moment of impulse, His free will." (Milton) 3. Importance, as in influence or effect; consequence; weight or value; consideration. "Matters of great moment." (Shak) "It is an abstruse speculation, but also of far less moment and consequence of us than the others." (Bentley) 4. An essential element; a deciding point, fact, or consideration; an essential or influential circumstance. 5. An infinitesimal change in a varying quantity; an increment or decrement. 6. Tendency, or measure of tendency, to produce motion, especially. Motion about a fixed point or axis. Moment of a couple, the product of the intensity of the force into the perpendicular distance from the point to the line of direction of the force, the product of that component of the force which is perpendicular to the plane passing through the line and the point of application of the force, into the shortest distance between the line and this point, the product of the force into the perpendicular distance of its point of application from the plane. Moment of inertia, of a rotating body, the sum of the mass of each particle of matter of the body into the square of its distance from the axis of rotation; called also moment of rotation and moment of the mass. Statical moment, the product of a force into its leverage; the same as moment of a force with respect to a point, line, etc. Virtual moment. See Virtual. Synonym: Instant, twinkling, consequence, weight, force, value, consideration, signification, avail. Origin: F. Moment, L. Momentum, for movimentum movement, motion, moment, fr. Movere to move. See Move, and cf. Momentum, Movement. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Moment

mom and pop
mombin tree
moment (current term)
moment arm
moment in the sun
moment of a magnet
moment of force
moment of inertia
moment of silence
moment of truth

Literary usage of Moment

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1. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (1916)
"They would be alone, surrounded by darkness and silence: and in that moment of supreme tenderness he would be transfigured. He would fade into something ..."

2. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (1916)
"They would be alone, surrounded by darkness and silence: and in that moment of supreme tenderness he would be transfigured. He would fade into something ..."

3. The woman in white by Wilkie Collins (1871)
"object in visiting the library was answered the moment I set eyes on them. ... She is as cool, at this moment, as a fish in the pond outside. ..."

4. Bridge Engineering by John Alexander Low Waddell (1916)
"moment.—The tendency of a force to produce rotation or of a stress or ... Bending moment.—The moment which produces or tends to produce bending in a beam or ..."

5. Lessons in Elementary Practical Physics by Balfour Stewart, William Winson Haldane Gee (1885)
"moment of inertia with respect to an axis passing through the centre of gravity be ... Find the moment of inertia of a right cylinder about any edge of the ..."

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