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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When asked to run down the number of positions Caullin Lacy plays for the Faith Academy football team, coach Jack French paused momentarily. Ben Thomas |, al, "South Alabama commit Caullin Lacy, Faith Academy set sights on bigger goals," 29 July 2019 In dramatic video shared with, her son can be seen playing at the edge of the driveway when a dog walks up to the group, pauses momentarily and attacks her son, knocking him to the ground. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Watch a teenager save a young boy from a vicious dog attack in Conroe," 25 July 2019 The Cardinals center fielder became entangled with Correa and inadvertently spiked the shortstop's right elbow, momentarily causing numbness to his fingers. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' A.J. Hinch says Carlos Correa-Yairo Muñoz collision looked unintentional," 28 July 2019 The app uses the phone’s camera to verify the number of occupants at the start and end of the trip, with the images stored only momentarily on the device but never sent to the cloud. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "How to catch carpool cheats: Behind the search to find a better way," 28 July 2019 In just over an hour, her uncommon brand of brilliant, eviscerating standup momentarily, if not forever, erased the lines between comedy, confessional, and a sort of real-time discourse on speaking truth to power. Leah Greenblatt,, "Hannah Gadsby brings her shrewd discomfort comedy to new show Douglas," 26 July 2019 Right before Game 3 an earthquake shook the entire stadium, knocked the broadcast off the air momentarily and the game was called off. Matt Mcnulty,, "Kylie Jenner & More Celebs React to Southern California's Biggest Earthquake in Nearly 20 Years," 6 July 2019 Police said the driver of the Explorer was momentarily distracted, drifted left and rear-ended a Chrysler 200 driven by a 66-year-old Independence Township woman. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Car smashes through front of electric shop in Oakland County," 30 June 2019 The family was initially stopped in the middle of the bridge, as tempers flared between reporters and border officers who were momentarily unclear about whether to allow journalists to cross into U.S. territory as temperatures topped 100 degrees. Dallas News, "El Paso bishop condemns U.S., Mexico immigration policy as he escorts family across bridge," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of momentarily

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of momentarily was in 1655

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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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