momentary

adjective
mo·​men·​tary | \ ˈmō-mən-ˌter-ē \

Definition of momentary

1a : continuing only a moment : fleeting
b : having a very brief life
2 : operative or recurring at every moment

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Other Words from momentary

momentariness noun

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transient, transitory, ephemeral, momentary, fugitive, fleeting, evanescent mean lasting or staying only a short time. transient applies to what is actually short in its duration or stay. a hotel catering primarily to transient guests transitory applies to what is by its nature or essence bound to change, pass, or come to an end. fame in the movies is transitory ephemeral implies striking brevity of life or duration. many slang words are ephemeral momentary suggests coming and going quickly and therefore being merely a brief interruption of a more enduring state. my feelings of guilt were only momentary fugitive and fleeting imply passing so quickly as to make apprehending difficult. let a fugitive smile flit across his face fleeting moments of joy evanescent suggests a quick vanishing and an airy or fragile quality. the story has an evanescent touch of whimsy that is lost in translation

Examples of momentary in a Sentence

He experienced a momentary loss of consciousness. the pain of the flu shot was only momentary

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Under President Barack Obama, every spending deadline seemed to require at least a momentary crisis. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Why the blame game over the government shutdown is pointless," 21 Dec. 2018 And everyone was aware that a momentary slip or lapse in concentration would send him plummeting to his death, again in front of those cameras. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The 10 best documentaries of 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 As thousands of travelers dash to catch a flight en route to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends, there’s rarely time to give one’s airport style more than a momentary thought. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How to Look Devastatingly Good at the Airport, According to These Hollywood Icons," 17 Nov. 2018 Halloween stunt foods are something to look forward to, a momentary flicker of delight breaking up the relentless monotony of the forward march of time. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Halloween is an aesthetic, not a flavor.," 29 Oct. 2018 The structure is episodic, focusing heavily — and with nerve-jangling intensity — on those moments when equipment malfunctions and momentary miscalculations put people’s lives at risk. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Netflix’s Last Man on the Moon is a perfect bookend for First Man," 12 Oct. 2018 Did his own momentary frustration contribute to Cleveland’s eventual defeat? Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Leaning on LeBron: Can the King's Cape Carry the Cavaliers' Cast in Game 3?," 6 June 2018 Not to worry, this momentary lapse was swiftly corrected. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "The official language of the US? It’s euphemism.," 21 June 2018 The Padres supplied a momentary distraction in the top of the second. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres' Luis Perdomo chased early in loss to Rockies," 17 July 2017

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First Known Use of momentary

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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momentary

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of momentary

: lasting a very short time : lasting only a moment

momentary

adjective
mo·​men·​tary | \ ˈmō-mən-ˌter-ē \

Kids Definition of momentary

: lasting only a very brief time The loud noise gave us a momentary fright.

Other Words from momentary

momentarily \ ˌmō-​mən-​ˈter-​ə-​lē \ adverb

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