mo·​men·​tar·​i·​ly | \ˌmō-mən-ˈter-ə-lē \

Definition of momentarily 

1 : for a moment

2 archaic : instantly

3 : at any moment : in a moment

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Examples of momentarily in a Sentence

The wind let up momentarily, allowing us to start a campfire. He paused momentarily before finishing his speech. We expect them to arrive momentarily.
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His biggest contribution was bailing out of another overhead attempt, which momentarily froze the German defense, leaving Marcelo to score from outside the box. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Real Madrid’s Winning Tactic: Play Like They Own the Champions League," 30 Apr. 2018 After placing Derek Fisher on the disabled list with gastrointestinal discomfort, the Astros recalled J.D. Davis on Sunday, momentarily halting his evisceration of minor league pitching. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros call up J.D. Davis, place Derek Fisher on DL," 20 May 2018 There was a feeling more of momentarily vivid colors than of larger ebbs and flows of intensity. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "An Orchestra’s Ecstatic, Once-in-a-Lifetime Birthday Party," 27 Apr. 2018 The first was earlier this year when accounts of airline passengers and their onboard therapy animals were grabbing headlines momentarily. Eric Scott,, "Column: Office sleep pods are here, but is dozing off at work really a thing?," 11 July 2018 Ed Carpenter momentarily lost control of his car and nicked Takuma Sato as his No. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar: Late race confusion has Robert Wickens, SPM team manager irate," 8 July 2018 Initially, staff members weren’t alarmed, because parents sometimes take smoke breaks or wander off momentarily, Garrett said. Alejandra Reyes-velarde,, "Police arrest woman in connection with boy abandoned at L.A.'s Union Station," 6 July 2018 That court became a safe haven, a place to feel normal again, if only momentarily. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Volleyball player finds light in darkness on court after deadly crash," 1 July 2018 Squires landed his bunker shot short of the hole but the ball crept slowly to a ridge behind the hole, stopped momentarily, then rolled down 15 feet away. James Weber,, "Mariemont grad Will Grimmer continues hot summer with Met golf championship," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of momentarily

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of momentarily

: for a short time : for a moment

: very soon : at any moment

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