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Definition of moment

1a : a minute portion or point of time : instant a moment of dreadful suspense— Graham Greene
b : a comparatively brief period of time moments of solitude
2a : present time at the moment she is at work on her fourth novelHoliday
b : a time of excellence or conspicuousness there's … some deliciously funny moments, but most of it is numbingly subtle— Jess Cagle
3 : importance in influence or effect decisions of moment must be made by our government— L. H. Evans
4 obsolete : a cause or motive of action
5 : a stage in historical or logical development a document of one moment in the history of thought and sensibility in the nineteenth century— T. S. Eliot
6a : tendency or measure of tendency to produce motion especially about a point or axis
b : the product of quantity (such as a force) and the distance to a particular axis or point
7a : the mean (see mean entry 4 sense 1b) of the nth powers of the deviations (see deviation sense b) of the observed values in a set of statistical data from a fixed value
b : the expected value of a power of the deviation (see deviation sense b) of a random variable from a fixed value

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importance, consequence, moment, weight, significance mean a quality or aspect having great worth or significance. importance implies a value judgment of the superior worth or influence of something or someone. a region with no cities of importance consequence generally implies importance because of probable or possible effects. the style you choose is of little consequence moment implies conspicuous or self-evident consequence. a decision of great moment weight implies a judgment of the immediate relative importance of something. the argument carried no weight with the judge significance implies a quality or character that should mark a thing as important but that is not self-evident and may or may not be recognized. the treaty's significance

Examples of moment in a Sentence

The sun was shining. Moments later, it began to rain. It was a moment before she realized what had happened. She stopped for a moment and peeked into the window. It should only take a moment to fix the problem. I'm very busy and I don't have a moment to spare. One moment it was sunny; the next it was pouring rain. The moment for us to act has arrived. War seemed unavoidable at that moment in history. She knew exactly the right moment to ask for a raise. We had an exciting vacation. There was never a dull moment.
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Recent Examples on the Web The Biden administration will face a broad array of complex problems over the hundreds of days to come, but headaches from Trump holdovers who can be removed at any moment need not be among them. Eleanor Eagan, The New Republic, "Trump Holdovers Are Dragging Down the Biden Agenda," 29 Apr. 2021 At the moment, only a few theaters have started performances, while New York has begun to test out safety precautions and prime audiences with a series of pop-up events (originally co-produced by Scott Rudin, who recently stepped down). Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, "New York City Plans to Fully Reopen on July 1, Says Broadway May Return in September," 29 Apr. 2021 At the moment, Mainzer is focused on keeping the lights on this summer. Los Angeles Times, "California just hit 95% renewable energy. Will other states come along for the ride?," 29 Apr. 2021 Getting Republicans on board simply doesn't seem viable at the moment, and some Democrats would argue that was always going to be the case. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, "Biden's road trip starts as partisan paths loom larger: The Note," 29 Apr. 2021 At the moment this sentence is being written, Goldblum is currently in the midst of touring behind his first jazz album. Washington Post, "Jeff Goldblum’s a movie star, jazz pianist and an inescapable meme. What’s behind his enduring appeal?," 29 Apr. 2021 And as any would-be buyer in Utah at the moment well knows, that’s made everything more frantic. The Salt Lake Tribune, "How tight is Utah’s housing market? Some buyers offer $100K over asking.," 28 Apr. 2021 At the moment, at least a dozen astronauts are reportedly in training and will serve as part of the initial crews that call the space station home. Mike Wehner, BGR, "China’s ‘Heavenly Harmony’ space station module is about to take off," 28 Apr. 2021 At any moment, there are more than 100 assets actively trading on Rally. Matt Egan, CNN, "Exclusive: The Declaration of Independence is the next hot IPO," 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of moment

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for moment

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin momentum movement, particle sufficient to turn the scales, moment, from movēre to move

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The first known use of moment was in the 14th century

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2 May 2021

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“Moment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of moment

: a very short period of time
: a particular time : a precise point in time
: the present time


mo·​ment | \ ˈmō-mənt How to pronounce moment (audio) \

Kids Definition of moment

1 : a very brief time A shooting star lasts only a moment.
2 : present time I'm busy at the moment.
3 : importance We met to discuss a subject of great moment.

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