Definitions of moment

  1. an indefinitely short time; "wait just a moment"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the n-th moment of a distribution is the expected value of the n-th power of the deviations from a fixed value Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the moment of a couple is the product of its force and the distance between its opposing forces Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. A minute portion of time; a point of time; an instant; as, at thet very moment. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Impulsive power; force; momentum. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. An essential element; a deciding point, fact, or consideration; an essential or influential circumstance. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. An infinitesimal change in a varying quantity; an increment or decrement. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Tendency, or measure of tendency, to produce motion, esp. motion about a fixed point or axis. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. The smallest portion of time; an instant; importance; as, affairs of great moment; the measure of a force by its effect in motion around a central point, as in a wheel. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. Moving cause or force: importance in effect: value: the smallest portion of time in which a movement can be made: an instant: (mech.) the moment of a force about a point is the product of the force and the perpendicular on its line of action from the point. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Importance; minute portion of time. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. Consequence or importance. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. The most minute part of time; instant; importance; factor. Moment of a force, the product of the force and the perpendicular from where it acts to the line of application. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. The smallest possible portion of time; an instant; one-sixtieth part of a minute; importance; value; force. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for moment

  1. She thought hard for a moment – Man and Maid by Elinor Glyn
  2. Now is your moment – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward