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mo·men·tum

 (mō-mĕn′təm)
n. pl. mo·men·ta (-tə) or mo·men·tums
1. Symbol p Physics A quantity used to measure the motion of a body, equal to the product of the body's mass and its velocity. Also called linear momentum.
2.
a. The force or energy exhibited by a moving body: The ball did not have enough momentum to reach the goalposts.
b. The driving force or advancing strength of a development or course of events: The effort to reform public education has been gaining momentum.
3. Philosophy An essential or constituent element; a moment.

[Latin mōmentum, movement, from *movimentum, from movēre, to move; see meuə- in Indo-European roots.]

momentum

(məʊˈmɛntəm)
n, pl -ta (-tə) or -tums
1. (General Physics) physics the product of a body's mass and its velocity. Symbol: p See also angular momentum
2. (General Physics) the impetus of a body resulting from its motion
3. driving power or strength
[C17: from Latin: movement; see moment]

mo•men•tum

(moʊˈmɛn təm)

n., pl. -ta (-tə), -tums.
1. force or speed of movement; impetus, as of a physical object or course of events: a career that lost momentum.
2. Mech. a quantity expressing the motion of a body or system, equal to the product of the mass of a body and its velocity.
[1690–1700; < Latin mōmentum; see moment]

mo·men·tum

(mō-mĕn′təm)
A quantity used to measure the motion of a body, equal to the product of its mass and velocity. Any change in the speed or direction of a body changes its momentum.
moment, momentum - Latin momentum, from movere, "move," and -mentum, is the source of moment and momentum, which first meant "moving power."
See also related terms for moment.

momentum

Mass multiplied by velocity.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.momentum - an impelling force or strengthmomentum - an impelling force or strength; "the car's momentum carried it off the road"
forcefulness, strength, force - physical energy or intensity; "he hit with all the force he could muster"; "it was destroyed by the strength of the gale"; "a government has not the vitality and forcefulness of a living man"
2.momentum - the product of a body's mass and its velocitymomentum - the product of a body's mass and its velocity; "the momentum of the particles was deduced from meteoritic velocities"
physical property - any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions
angular momentum - the product of the momentum of a rotating body and its distance from the axis of rotation; "any rotating body has an angular momentum about its center of mass"; "angular momentum makes the world go round"

momentum

noun impetus, force, power, drive, push, energy, strength, thrust, propulsion, welly (slang) This campaign is really gaining momentum.
Translations
زَخَم، قُوَّة دافِعَه
hybnost
fart
incitationquantité de mouvement
mozgásmennyiség
skriîòungi
judėjimo kiekisvaromoji jėga
kustības daudzums
hybnosť

momentum

[məʊˈmentəm] N (momentums or momenta (pl)) [məʊˈmentə] (Phys) → momento m (fig) → ímpetu m, impulso m
to gather or gain momentum (lit) → cobrar velocidad (fig) → ganar fuerza

momentum

[məʊˈmɛntəm] n
[process, movement] → impulsion f, élan m
to gather momentum [process, movement] → s'accélérer
(PHYSICS)quantité f de mouvement

momentum

n (of moving object)Schwung m; (at moment of impact) → Wucht f; (Phys) → Impuls m; (fig)Schwung m; the rock’s momentum carried it through the wallder Felsbrocken hatte eine solche Wucht, dass er die Mauer durchschlug; he let the car go under its own momentumer ließ das Auto von allein weiterrollen; to gather or gain momentum (lit)sich beschleunigen, in Fahrt kommen (inf); (fig, idea, movement, plan) → in Gang kommen; the campaign is now gathering or gaining momentumdie Kampagne kommt nun in Gang or in Schwung; to keep going under its own momentum (lit)sich aus eigener Kraft weiterbewegen; (fig)eine Eigendynamik entwickelt haben; to lose momentum (lit, fig)Schwung verlieren

momentum

[məʊˈmɛntəm] n (Phys) → momento, quantità f inv di moto (fig) → slancio, impeto, velocità f inv acquisita
to gather or gain momentum (vehicle, person) → acquistare or prendere velocità, aumentare di velocità (fig) → prendere or guadagnare terreno
to lose momentum (vehicle, person) → perdere velocità (fig) → perdere vigore

momentum

(məˈmentəm) noun
the amount or force of motion in a moving body.

mo·men·tum

n. L. momentum; ímpetu; fuerza de movimiento.
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So that when at last the jerking harpoon drew out, and the towing whale sideways vanished; then, with the tapering force of his parting momentum, we glided between two whales into the innermost heart of the shoal, as if from some mountain torrent we had slid into a serene valley lake.
This idea admits not of precise demonstration, because there is no rule by which we can measure the momentum of civil power necessary to the government of any given number of individuals; but when we consider that the island of Britain, nearly commensurate with each of the supposed confederacies, contains about eight millions of people, and when we reflect upon the degree of authority required to direct the passions of so large a society to the public good, we shall see no reason to doubt that the like portion of power would be sufficient to perform the same task in a society far more numerous.
With an oath he leaped upon the man before him, the momentum of his body hurling the black to the ground.
The order to stop her had been given, and the frigate now simply went on by her own momentum.
Thus the energy developed by good fighting men is as the momentum of a round stone rolled down a mountain thousands of feet in height.
Always investing, then reinvesting the interest, and spending comparatively little of his income, his fortune had now reached the point where it was growing rapidly of its own momentum and, as there was nothing to which he looked forward, nothing he particularly wanted to do, he set himself the task of making it cross the half million mark, much as a man plays solitaire, to occupy his mind, betting against himself, to give point to his efforts.
It was too late, however, for we were rapidly gathering momentum, and an instant later had shot clear of the station.
Upheld by the momentum of the time Tess knew nothing of this; did not see anything; did not know the road they were taking to the church.
And then by the mere weight and momentum of my body, I rushed completely through the two remaining ranks and sprang upon the dais beside the carved sorapus throne.
The balloon, which had again lost its momentum, was floating in sight of an oasis, a sort of islet studded with green trees, thrown up upon the surface of this sandy ocean.
Then perhaps the bell would jam or a brake fail to act on a hill; or the seat-pillar would get loose, and the saddle drop three or four inches with a disconcerting bump; or the loose and rattling chain would jump the cogs of the chain-wheel as the machine ran downhill, and so bring the mechanism to an abrupt and disastrous stop without at the same time arresting the forward momentum of the rider; or a tyre would bang, or sigh quietly, and give up the struggle for efficiency.
Every soldier in Napoleon's army felt this and the invasion moved on by its own momentum.