moment

noun
mo·​ment | \ ˈmō-mənt How to pronounce moment (audio) \

Definition of moment

1a : a minute portion or point of time : instant a moment of dreadful suspense— Graham Greene
b : a comparatively brief period of time moments of solitude
2a : present time at the moment she is at work on her fourth novelHoliday
b : a time of excellence or conspicuousness there's … some deliciously funny moments, but most of it is numbingly subtle— Jess Cagle
3 : importance in influence or effect decisions of moment must be made by our government— L. H. Evans
4 obsolete : a cause or motive of action
5 : a stage in historical or logical development a document of one moment in the history of thought and sensibility in the nineteenth century— T. S. Eliot
6a : tendency or measure of tendency to produce motion especially about a point or axis
b : the product of quantity (such as a force) and the distance to a particular axis or point
7a : the mean (see mean entry 4 sense 1b) of the nth powers of the deviations (see deviation sense b) of the observed values in a set of statistical data from a fixed value
b : the expected value of a power of the deviation (see deviation sense b) of a random variable from a fixed value

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Synonyms for moment

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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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Araquette had no idea then how that moment would change her life. Lyndi Mcnulty, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "An Eye for Art: Michele Araquette turned from finance to fine art, created interior design businesses," 16 Sep. 2019 Another superb Tennessee city is having a moment in the sun: Clarksville. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "This Unexpected Tennessee City Was Just Ranked the Best Place to Live in America," 16 Sep. 2019 Every good love story has a moment in which the precious ingénue, blind to the complexities of the world, misinterprets the lover's move. Wired, "Flirty or Friendzone? New AI Scans Your Texts for True Love," 16 Sep. 2019 The Los Angeles Sparks moved on to the WNBA semifinals with a blowout win over the Seattle Storm on Sunday, but the celebration was temporarily marred by a scary moment that unfolded postgame. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Fan at LA Sparks playoff game tackled after running onto the court with object in his hand," 15 Sep. 2019 In late December 1963, Crawford faced a particularly dicey moment when a 25-ton bulldozer plunged into Lake Ivanhoe. Joy Wallace Dickinson, orlandosentinel.com, "Through muck and mayhem, he paved path to the future," 15 Sep. 2019 At that moment in time, which was August, it was reported to me that of the 29 projects on that portal only 11 of them were feature projects and only two of them were actually with signatory companies. Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Writers Guild Challenger Phyllis Nagy to Agencies: "We're Not the Enemy" (Q&A)," 14 Sep. 2019 Hers is a thrilling—and extraordinarily athletic—feat of acting, from the moment Ramona first grasps the pole. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Jennifer Lopez Is Spectacular in ‘Hustlers.’ Start the Oscar Buzz Now," 12 Sep. 2019 Presented to her, Ms Jini didn’t waste a moment and told her the 25% tax was strangling her orchestra. Genesia Alves, Quartz India, "Why does Mumbai need the Bombay Chamber Orchestra? Its 90-year-old founder tries to answer," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of moment

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for moment

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

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The first known use of moment was in the 14th century

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27 Oct 2019

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“Moment.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moment?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=m&file=moment01. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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moment

noun
How to pronounce moment (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of moment

: a very short period of time
: a particular time : a precise point in time
: the present time

moment

noun
mo·​ment | \ ˈmō-mənt How to pronounce moment (audio) \

Kids Definition of moment

1 : a very brief time A shooting star lasts only a moment.
2 : present time I'm busy at the moment.
3 : importance We met to discuss a subject of great moment.

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