momentary

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

Definition of momentary

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

momentariness

noun

Examples of momentary in a Sentence

  1. He experienced a momentary loss of consciousness.

  2. the pain of the flu shot was only momentary

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First Known Use of momentary

15th century

Synonym Discussion of momentary

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

MOMENTARY Defined for English Language Learners

momentary

adjective

Definition of momentary for English Language Learners

  • : lasting a very short time : lasting only a moment


MOMENTARY Defined for Kids

momentary

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

Definition of momentary for Students

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

momentarily

\ˌmō-mən-ˈter-ə-lē\ adverb


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