Definition of moment
1 a : a minute portion or point of time : instant b : a comparatively brief period of time
2 a : present time b : a time of excellence or conspicuousness
3 : importance in influence or effect
4 obsolete : a cause or motive of action
5 : a stage in historical or logical development
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 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
The sun was shining. Moments later, it began to rain.
It was a moment before she realized what had happened.
She stopped for a moment and peeked into the window.
It should only take a moment to fix the problem.
I'm very busy and I don't have a moment to spare.
One moment it was sunny; the next it was pouring rain.
The moment for us to act has arrived.
War seemed unavoidable at that moment in history.
She knew exactly the right moment to ask for a raise.
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
MOMENT Defined for English Language Learners
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
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