: momentary sense 1a
the rapid momentaneous association of things which meet and passD. H. Lawrence
archaic : instantaneous
in which momentaneous explosion of the whole quantity all the force consistsWilliam Clarke
of an aspect or form of a verb : of, relating to, or characterizing action begun and terminated in an instant
momentaneously adverb
momentaneousness noun
plural -es

Word History


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

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“Momentaneous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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