mo·​men·​ta·​ne·​ous | \ ¦mōmən‧¦tānēəs \

Definition of momentaneous

1 : momentary sense 1a the rapid momentaneous association of things which meet and pass— D. H. Lawrence
2 archaic : instantaneous in which momentaneous explosion of the whole quantity all the force consists— William Clarke
3 of an aspect or form of a verb : of, relating to, or characterizing action begun and terminated in an instant

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Other Words from momentaneous

momentaneously adverb
momentaneousness noun, plural -es

History and Etymology for momentaneous

Late Latin momentaneus, from Latin momentum moment + -aneus (as in subterraneus subterranean)

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“Momentaneous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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