mo·​men·​tar·​i·​ly | \ ˌmō-mən-ˈter-ə-lē How to pronounce momentarily (audio) \

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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Up to six of them jumped the woman, eventually knocking her momentarily unconscious. Carol Robinson |,, "1 charged in assault of woman during dispute at Gardendale subdivision pool," 19 June 2019 Thinking the plane had suffered a tire failure, Palyok momentarily reacted by cutting power. Sig Christenson,, "After a loud buzzing, T-38 crew in Del Rio had seconds to act," 17 June 2019 Houseparty came from the team behind Meerkat, the momentarily extremely popular live-streaming app that was very quickly upstaged by Periscope. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Fortnite maker Epic Games buys video chat app Houseparty," 12 June 2019 From the other room, Mrs. Gerson’s barking laughter erupted, and the children momentarily paused. Adam O’fallon Price, Harper's magazine, "The Maid’s Story," 10 June 2019 American idealism has been usurped by a thoughtless minority who momentarily hold the levers of power. Steve West,, "Grandparents against guns | Opinion," 2 Apr. 2018 That is, momentarily, at least, until your eyes focus back on the retail 'islands' boasting multiple-sized versions of actual gypsum dessert roses, a perfectly singular souvenir from this one-0f-a-kind shop. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "Is This the Most Beautiful Museum Gift Shop in the World?," 19 Apr. 2019 But when the wind momentarily cooled, the team found their opening. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Spot Mysterious Unknown Breed of Killer Whales," 8 Mar. 2019 This is called the transit method: The star’s light momentarily dims when a planet, in orbit around a star, crosses in front of it. Brian Resnick, Vox, "NASA retired Kepler, a telescope that discovered thousands of worlds beyond our solar system," 1 Nov. 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
US : very soon : at any moment

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