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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.
- 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."
A moment is a very short period of time.
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.
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.
At the moment means now, at the present time.
Don't say 'I'm very busy in the moment' or 'I'm very busy in this moment'.
You can use in a moment to mean 'soon'.
|Noun||1.||moment - a particular point in time; "the moment he arrived the party began"|
culmination - the decisive moment in a novel or play; "the deathbed scene is the climax of the play"
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 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"
|3.||moment - at this time; "the disappointments of the here and now"; "she is studying at the moment"|
|4.||moment - 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)|
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 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
a moment ago → hace un momento
they should be arriving any moment (now) → deberían llegar ahorita (LAm) or de un momento a otro
at the moment → en este momento
I could lose my job at any moment → podría perder mi trabajo en cualquier momento
at this/that moment → en este/ese momento, en este/ese instante
at this moment in time → en 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 moment → por el momento, por lo pronto
he didn't hesitate for a moment → no vaciló ni un momento or instante
not for a or one moment did I believe it → no me lo creí ni por un momento
I'm not saying for a moment you're wrong → no digo que no tengas razón ni mucho menos
not for a moment did I think that → en ningún momento pensaba que ...
from the moment I saw him → desde el momento en que lo vi
from moment to moment → al momento
from that moment on → desde entonces, desde ese or aquel momento
the play has its moments → la obra tiene sus momentos
yes, in a moment! → ¡sí en seguida!
I'll come in a moment → vengo en seguida, vengo dentro de un momento
it was all over in a moment → todo ocurrió en un instante
in moments, I was asleep → en seguida me quedé dormido
just a moment! → ¡un momento!
I've just this moment heard → acabo de enterarme
at the last moment → a última hora, en el último momento
to leave things until the last moment → dejar las cosas hasta última hora, dejarlo todo para lo último
a moment later → un momento después
the next moment he collapsed → al instante se desplomó
he was weeping one moment, laughing the next → tan pronto lloraba como se reía
the man of the moment → el hombre del momento
one moment! → ¡un momento!
I was waiting for the right moment to tell him → estaba esperando el momento adecuado or oportuno para decírselo
it won't take a moment → no tardará ni un momento, es cosa de un momento
tell me the moment he arrives → avísame en cuanto llegue
the moment of truth → la hora de la verdad
I did it in a moment of weakness → lo 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
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
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
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
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
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
(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"