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mo·ment

 (mō′mənt)
n.
1. A brief, indefinite interval of time.
2.
a. A specific point in time, especially the present time: He is not here at the moment.
b. A point in time that is gratifying or noteworthy: Even working on a dictionary has its moments.
c. An occasion affording an opportunity: viewed the blunder as a teachable moment.
3. A particular period of importance, influence, or significance in a series of events or developments: a great moment in history; waiting for her big moment.
4. Outstanding significance or value; importance: a discovery of great moment.
5. A brief period of time that is characterized by a quality, such as excellence, suitability, or distinction: a lackluster performance that nevertheless had its moments.
6. Philosophy
a. An essential or constituent element, as of a complex idea.
b. A phase or aspect of a logically developing process.
7. Abbr. M Physics
a. The product of a quantity, such as force or mass, and its perpendicular distance from a reference point.
b. The tendency to cause rotation about a point or axis.
8. Statistics The expected value of a positive integer power of a random variable. The first moment of a random variable is the mean of its probability distribution.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mōmentum, from *movimentum; see momentum.]
Synonyms: moment, instant, minute1, second1, jiffy, flash
These nouns denote a brief interval of time. A moment is an indeterminately short but significant period: I'll be with you in a moment. Instant is a period of time almost too brief to detect; it implies haste: He hesitated for just an instant. Minute is often interchangeable with moment and second with instant: The alarm will ring any minute. I'll be back in a second. Jiffy and flash are somewhat informal and usually combine with in a; in a jiffy means in a short space of time, while in a flash suggests the almost imperceptible duration of a flash of light: He went to the store but will be back in a jiffy. She finished the job in a flash. See Also Synonyms at importance.

moment

(ˈməʊmənt)
n
1. a short indefinite period of time: he'll be here in a moment.
2. a specific instant or point in time: at that moment the doorbell rang.
3. the moment the present point of time: at the moment it's fine.
4. import, significance, or value: a man of moment.
5. (General Physics) physics
a. a tendency to produce motion, esp rotation about a point or axis
b. the product of a physical quantity, such as force or mass, and its distance from a fixed reference point. See also moment of inertia
6. (Statistics) statistics the mean of a specified power of the deviations of all the values of a variable in its frequency distribution. The power of the deviations indicates the order of the moment and the deviations may be from the origin (giving a moment about the origin) or from the mean (giving a moment about the mean)
[C14: from Old French, from Latin mōmentum, from movēre to move]

mo•ment

(ˈmoʊ mənt)

n.
1. an indefinitely short period of time; instant.
2. the present time or any other particular time (usu. prec. by the): He is busy at the moment.
3. a definite period or stage, as in a course of events: at that moment in history Rome was a republic.
4. importance or consequence: a decision of great moment.
5. a time or period of success, excellence, satisfaction, etc.: My job has its moments.
6. Statistics. the mean or expected value of the product formed by multiplying together a set of one or more variates or variables each to a specified power.
7. Mech.
a. a tendency to produce motion, esp. about an axis.
b. the product of a physical quantity and its directed distance from an axis.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin mōmentum motion, cause of motion, hence, influence, essential factor, moment of time =mō- (variant s. of movēre to move) + -mentum -ment]
syn: See importance.

moment

  • extemporaneous, impromptu - Extemporaneous means "prepared in advance and carried out with few or no notes," while impromptu means "totally unprepared, performed on the spur of the moment"—but this distinction has been all but lost.
  • moment, momentum - Latin momentum, from movere, "move," and -mentum, is the source of moment and momentum, which first meant "moving power."
  • moment of truth - A translation of a Spanish expression referring to the time of the final sword thrust in a bullfight.
  • momentarily, presently - Momentarily means "in a moment"; presently means "soon" or "shortly."

moment

In air transport, the weight of a load multiplied by its distance from a reference point in the aircraft.

moment

1. 'moment'

A moment is a very short period of time.

She hesitated for only a moment.
A few moments later he heard footsteps.
2. 'the moment'

The moment is often used as a conjunction to say that something happens or is done at the same time as something else, or immediately after it.

The moment I heard the news, I rushed over to her house.

When you use the moment in this way to talk about the future, you use the present simple after it. Don't use a future form.

The moment he arrives, ask him to come and see me.
3. 'at the moment'

At the moment means now, at the present time.

I'm very busy at the moment.

Be Careful!
Don't say 'I'm very busy in the moment' or 'I'm very busy in this moment'.

4. 'in a moment'

You can use in a moment to mean 'soon'.

Wait there – I'll be back in a moment.

moment

The turning effect produced by a force acting around a point.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.moment - a particular point in timemoment - a particular point in time; "the moment he arrived the party began"
climax, culmination - the decisive moment in a novel or play; "the deathbed scene is the climax of the play"
point in time, point - an instant of time; "at that point I had to leave"
eleventh hour, last minute - the latest possible moment; "money became available at the eleventh hour"; "at the last minute the government changed the rules"
moment of truth - a crucial moment on which much depends
moment of truth - the moment in a bullfight when the matador kills the bull
pinpoint - a very brief moment; "they were strangers sharing a pinpoint of time together"
time - a suitable moment; "it is time to go"
psychological moment - the most appropriate time for achieving a desired effect
2.moment - an indefinitely short timemoment - an indefinitely short time; "wait just a moment"; "in a mo"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit"
time - an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities); "he waited a long time"; "the time of year for planting"; "he was a great actor in his time"
instant, jiffy, New York minute, split second, trice, twinkling, wink, blink of an eye, heartbeat, flash - a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat); "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"
3.moment - at this time; "the disappointments of the here and now"; "she is studying at the moment"
nowadays, present - the period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech; "that is enough for the present"; "he lives in the present with no thought of tomorrow"
4.moment - having important effects or influencemoment - having important effects or influence; "decisions of great consequence are made by the president himself"; "virtue is of more moment than security"; "that result is of no consequence"
matter - (used with negation) having consequence; "they were friends and it was no matter who won the games"
significance - the quality of being significant; "do not underestimate the significance of nuclear power"
hell to pay - dire consequences; "when the pig ran away there was hell to pay"
5.moment - a turning force produced by an object acting at a distance (or a measure of that force)moment - a turning force produced by an object acting at a distance (or a measure of that force)
force - (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity; "force equals mass times acceleration"
moment of inertia - the tendency of a body to resist angular acceleration
moment of a couple - given two equal and opposite forces, the product of the force and the distance between them
dipole moment - the moment of a dipole
6.moment - the n-th moment of a distribution is the expected value of the n-th power of the deviations from a fixed valuemoment - the n-th moment of a distribution is the expected value of the n-th power of the deviations from a fixed value
statistics - a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters
statistic - a datum that can be represented numerically
second moment - the expected value of the square of the deviations of a random variable from the point of origin
variance - the second moment around the mean; the expected value of the square of the deviations of a random variable from its mean value

moment

noun
1. instant, second, minute, flash, shake (informal), tick (Brit. informal), no time, twinkling, split second, jiffy (informal), trice, two shakes (informal), two shakes of a lamb's tail (informal), bat of an eye (informal) In a moment he was gone.
2. time, point, stage, instant, point in time, hour, juncture At this moment a car stopped outside the house.
3. importance, concern, value, worth, weight, import, consequence, substance, significance, gravity, seriousness, weightiness I was glad I had nothing of great moment to do that afternoon.
Quotations
"in the twinkling of an eye" Bible: I Corinthians

moment

noun
1. A very brief time:
Informal: jiff, jiffy.
Chiefly British: tick.
2. A particular interval of time that is limited and often crucial:
3. The quality or state of being important:
Translations
لَـحْظَةٌلَحْظَه مُعَيَّنَهلَحْظَه، وَقت قَصير، دَقيقَه
okamžikchvílemoment síly
øjeblik
momento
hetk
hetkihetkinenmomenttisilmänräpäys
पल
trenutak
forgatónyomatékpillanat
saat
augnablikaugnablik, andrá
瞬間
순간
akimirkaakimirką trunkantisreikšmingaivieną akimirką
brīdismoments
trenutektrenutnonavor
časaktrenutak
momangmomentögonblickstund
ชั่วขณะ
anmoment
chốc lát

moment

[ˈməʊmənt] N
1. (in time) → momento m, al rato
a moment agohace un momento
they should be arriving any moment (now)deberían llegar ahorita (LAm) or de un momento a otro
at the momenten este momento
I could lose my job at any momentpodría perder mi trabajo en cualquier momento
at this/that momenten este/ese momento, en este/ese instante
at this moment in timeen este mismo momento
I shan't be a moment (on going out) → vuelvo en seguida, ahorita vuelvo (LAm); (when busy) → termino en un momento, ahorita acabo (LAm)
for the momentpor el momento, por lo pronto
he didn't hesitate for a momentno vaciló ni un momento or instante
not for a or one moment did I believe itno me lo creí ni por un momento
I'm not saying for a moment you're wrongno digo que no tengas razón ni mucho menos
not for a moment did I think thaten ningún momento pensaba que ...
from the moment I saw himdesde el momento en que lo vi
from moment to momental momento
from that moment ondesde entonces, desde ese or aquel momento
the play has its momentsla obra tiene sus momentos
yes, in a moment!¡sí en seguida!
I'll come in a momentvengo en seguida, vengo dentro de un momento
it was all over in a momenttodo ocurrió en un instante
in moments, I was asleepen seguida me quedé dormido
just a moment!¡un momento!
I've just this moment heardacabo de enterarme
at the last momenta última hora, en el último momento
to leave things until the last momentdejar las cosas hasta última hora, dejarlo todo para lo último
a moment laterun momento después
the next moment he collapsedal instante se desplomó
he was weeping one moment, laughing the nexttan pronto lloraba como se reía
the man of the momentel hombre del momento
one moment!¡un momento!
I was waiting for the right moment to tell himestaba esperando el momento adecuado or oportuno para decírselo
it won't take a momentno tardará ni un momento, es cosa de un momento
tell me the moment he arrivesavísame en cuanto llegue
the moment of truthla hora de la verdad
I did it in a moment of weaknesslo hice en un momento de debilidad
see also heat A2
see also live 1 A1
see also odd 2
see also psychological B
see also spur A3 AS SOON AS
2. (Phys) → momento m
moment of inertiamomento m de inercia
3. (frm) (= importance) → importancia f
of great/little momentde gran/poca importancia

moment

[ˈməʊmənt] n
(= time) → moment m
for the moment → pour le moment
at any moment → à tout moment
any moment now → d'un moment à l'autre
They'll be arriving any moment now → Ils vont arriver d'un moment à l'autre.
at the last moment → au dernier moment
(= now) at the moment → en ce moment
at this moment → en ce moment
at the present moment → en ce moment même
at this moment in time → au moment où je vous parle
(= exact time) → moment m
That was the moment I understood → C'est à ce moment que j'ai compris.
the moment (that) ... → à l'instant où ...
The moment I closed my eyes, I fell asleep → À l'instant où j'ai fermé les yeux, je me suis endormi.
at that moment → à ce moment
(= short time) → moment m
Could you wait a moment? → Pouvez-vous attendre un moment?
just a moment! → un instant!
one moment, please (= please wait) → un moment s'il vous plaît
a moment of panic → un moment de panique
for a moment → pendant un moment
She stared at him for a moment → Elle le fixa pendant un moment.
it lasted only a moment → cela n'a duré qu'un moment
in a moment (= very soon) → dans un instant (= very quickly) → en un instant
I'll be back in a moment → Je reviens dans un instant.
It all happened in a moment → Cela a été l'affaire d'un instant.
within moments (= very soon) → en l'espace d'un instant
the next moment (= suddenly) → l'instant d'après
not for a moment (= absolutely not) → pas un instant
I don't for a moment think (that) ... → Je ne crois pas un instant que ...
not for one moment (= absolutely not) → pas un seul instant
(= importance) → importance f

moment

n
Augenblick m, → Moment m; there were one or two moments when I thought …ein paar Mal dachte ich …; from moment to momentzusehends, von Minute zu Minute; any moment now, (at) any momentjeden Augenblick; at any moment (= any time)jederzeit; at the momentim Augenblick, momentan; at the moment when …zu dem Zeitpunkt, als …; not at the or this momentim Augenblick or zurzeit nicht; at the moment of impactbeim Aufprall, im Augenblick des Aufpralls; at the last momentim letzten Augenblick; at this (particular) moment in timemomentan, augenblicklich; for the momentim Augenblick, vorläufig; for a moment(für) einen Moment; for one moment it seemed to have stoppedeinen Augenblick lang schien es aufgehört zu haben; not for a or one momentnie(mals) …; I didn’t hesitate for a momentich habe keinen Augenblick gezögert; in a momentgleich; in a moment of madnessin einem Anflug von geistiger Umnachtung; it was all over in a moment or in a few momentsdas ganze dauerte nur wenige Augenblicke; to leave things until the last momentalles erst im letzten Moment erledigen or machen (inf); half a moment!, one moment!einen Moment!; just a moment!, wait a moment!Moment mal!; I shan’t be a momentich bin gleich wieder da; (= nearly ready)ich bin gleich so weit; do it this very moment!tu das auf der Stelle!; I have just this moment heard about itich habe es eben or gerade erst erfahren; we haven’t a moment to losewir haben keine Minute zu verlieren; not a moment too soonkeine Minute zu früh, in letzter Minute; not a moment’s peace or restkeine ruhige Minute; one moment she was laughing, the next she was cryingzuerst lachte sie, einen Moment später weinte sie; the moment it happened(in dem Augenblick,) als es passierte; the moment I saw him I knew …als ich ihn sah, wusste ich sofort; the moment he arrives there’s troublesobald er auftaucht, gibt es Ärger; tell me the moment he comessagen Sie mir sofort Bescheid, wenn er kommt; the moment of truthdie Stunde der Wahrheit; he is the man of the momenter ist der Mann des Tages; the film has its momentsstreckenweise hat der Film was (inf)
(Phys) → Moment nt; moment of acceleration/inertiaBeschleunigungs-/Trägheitsmoment nt
(= importance)Bedeutung f; of little momentbedeutungslos, unwichtig

moment

[ˈməʊmənt] n
a.momento, istante m
(at) any moment or any moment now → da un momento all'altro
at the (present) moment, at this moment in time → al momento, in questo momento
at the last moment → all'ultimo momento
for a or one moment → per un momento
for the moment → per il momento, per ora
not for a or one moment → neanche per un istante
in a moment (very soon) → tra un momento (quickly) → in un attimo
one moment!, wait a moment! → (aspetta) un momento or un attimo!
I won't be a moment → vengo (or torno) subito (I've nearly finished) → faccio subito
it won't take a moment → è (solo) questione di un attimo
I've just this moment heard about it → l'ho saputo in questo (preciso) istante
the moment he arrives → (non) appena arriva
from the moment I saw him → dal primo momento in cui l'ho visto
the man of the moment → l'uomo del momento
"one moment please" (Telec) → "attenda, prego"
b. (Phys) → momento
c. (frm) (importance) → importanza, rilievo

moment

(ˈməumənt) noun
1. a very short space of time. I'll be ready in a moment; after a few moments' silence.
2. a particular point in time. At that moment, the telephone rang.
ˈmomentary adjective
lasting for only a moment. a momentary feeling of fear.
ˈmomentarily ((American) moumənˈte-) adverb
moˈmentous (-ˈmen-) adjective
of great importance. a momentous event.
moˈmentously adverb
at the moment
at this particular time; now. She's rather busy at the moment.
the moment (that)
exactly when. I want to see him the moment he arrives.

moment

لَـحْظَةٌ okamžik øjeblik Augenblick στιγμή momento hetki moment trenutak momento 瞬間 순간 moment øyeblikk chwila momento момент stund ชั่วขณะ an chốc lát 瞬间

mo·ment

n. momento, instante.
References in classic literature ?
As young readers like to know `how people look', we will take this moment to give them a little sketch of the four sisters, who sat knitting away in the twilight, while the December snow fell quietly without, and the fire crackled cheerfully within.
It was his notion that the moment one of the people took one of the truths to himself, called it his truth, and tried to live his life by it, he became a grotesque and the truth he embraced became a falsehood.
As he answered in the usual way and then listened a moment, a strange look came over his face.
There's a remarkable feeling of aliveness and connection we all are capable of but, unfortunately, rarely feel; it's often referred to as "living in the moment.
A NIST researcher developed a new technique to directly measure the dipole moment of QDs and has applied it to self-assembled InGaAs/GaAs dots.
For our second example, freelancer Robert Clark uses a tripod and a very slow shutter speed, extending a moment in time to capture the flow of a stream as it cascades over small waterfalls.
Snippets of Paulette's (Elyse Guilbault) progressive slippage down the perilous slope of alcohol abuse and decrepitude are intertwined carefully with moments of glee - cherished times of connection with her son Rene (Laurent Lacoursiere), moments of tenderness with her philandering husband Frank (Luc Picard) - giving the character true roundness.
The ballet's final moments of stillness, when he stands behind her and she makes an exquisite, inclusive gesture toward the horizon that embraces not just place but their entire future in it, is one of the great luminous moments of dance--of world theater.
When the camera flashes past Luchino Visconti's Rocco and His Brothers at San Francisco's Castro Theatre in Margaret Wescott's illuminating documentary Stolen Moments, the bill of fare happens to be a chance one.
Revelation should not evoke shock or anger but deep, profound, soul-shattering pain, loathing, and dread--that existential moment when the veneer is stripped away.
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