noun mo·ment \ˈmō-mənt\

Definition of moment

  1. 1 a :  a minute portion or point of time :  instant b :  a comparatively brief period of time

  2. 2 a :  present time b :  a time of excellence or conspicuousness

  3. 3 :  importance in influence or effect

  4. 4 obsolete :  a cause or motive of action

  5. 5 :  a stage in historical or logical development

  6. 6 a :  tendency or measure of tendency to produce motion especially about a point or axis b :  the product of quantity (as a force) and the distance to a particular axis or point

  7. 7 a :  the mean of the nth powers of the deviations of the observed values in a set of statistical data from a fixed value b :  the expected value of a power of the deviation of a random variable from a fixed value

Examples of moment in a sentence

  1. The sun was shining. Moments later, it began to rain.

  2. It was a moment before she realized what had happened.

  3. She stopped for a moment and peeked into the window.

  4. It should only take a moment to fix the problem.

  5. I'm very busy and I don't have a moment to spare.

  6. One moment it was sunny; the next it was pouring rain.

  7. The moment for us to act has arrived.

  8. War seemed unavoidable at that moment in history.

  9. She knew exactly the right moment to ask for a raise.

  10. We had an exciting vacation. There was never a dull moment.

Origin and Etymology of moment

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin momentum movement, particle sufficient to turn the scales, moment, from movēre to move

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of moment

importance, consequence, moment, weight, significance mean a quality or aspect having great worth or significance. importance implies a value judgment of the superior worth or influence of something or someone <a region with no cities of importance>. consequence generally implies importance because of probable or possible effects <the style you choose is of little consequence>. moment implies conspicuous or self-evident consequence <a decision of great moment>. weight implies a judgment of the immediate relative importance of something <the argument carried no weight with the judge>. significance implies a quality or character that should mark a thing as important but that is not self-evident and may or may not be recognized <the treaty's significance>.

MOMENT Defined for English Language Learners


noun mo·ment \ˈmō-mənt\

Definition of moment for English Language Learners

  • : a very short period of time

  • : a particular time : a precise point in time

  • : the present time

MOMENT Defined for Kids


noun mo·ment \ˈmō-mənt\

Definition of moment for Students

  1. 1 :  a very brief time <A shooting star lasts only a moment.>

  2. 2 :  present time <I'm busy at the moment.>

  3. 3 :  importance <We met to discuss a subject of great moment.>

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