moment

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The Patriots had their first scary moment of training camp when linebacker Jahlani Tavai was injured on the final rep of 11-on-11 work Thursday morning. Jim Mcbride, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Aug. 2022 Rice is an important figure in the intellectual history of the antiabortion movement that is now, with the recent overturning of Roe, enjoying its moment of triumph. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, 3 Aug. 2022 If and when those dark days do arrive, don’t be surprised to see 2022 go down in history as the year supercars enjoyed their brightest moment in the sun. Basemwasef, Robb Report, 3 Aug. 2022 But his most famous moment came in the CFP championship game for the 2017 season. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 2 Aug. 2022 The Aperol Spritz may be having its moment in recent years, but many people love to change their spritz up. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 This actually might be his most villainous moment ever. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Aug. 2022 Sometimes photographs may simply be at rest, waiting for their moment of articulation to arrive, but they are often trapped between the official histories of photography and time. Vogue, 1 Aug. 2022 Apple had his own highlight moment by breaking up a pass with a leaping deflection on the goal line while guarding Chase in one-on-one coverage. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 31 July 2022 See More

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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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“Moment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moment. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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moment

noun
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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