moment has definitions from the fields of mathematics,statistics,physics
[ noun ] a particular point in time


instant minute second


"the moment he arrived the party began"

Used in print

(The Christian Science Monitor,...)

Each high note had the crowd in ecstasy so that it stopped the show midway in the `` Mad_Scene '' , but the real reason was a realization of the extraordinary performance unfolding at the moment .

(The Providence Journal...)

Miss_Stuart is as intensely vibrant as one could wish , almost an icy shriek threatening to explode at any moment .

(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)

Wherefore , as they became forfeit to death , from that [ moment ] they were handed_over to it '' .

(Nathan Rapport, ""I've Been Here before!"...)

At that moment Kipling was overwhelmed with awed amazement , suddenly recalling that these identical details of scene , action and word had occurred to him in a dream six weeks earlier .

This theory makes it possible for any event throughout eternity to be continuously available at any moment to consciousness .

[ noun ] an indefinitely short time


minute second bit


"wait just a moment" "it only takes a minute" "in just a bit"

Used in print

(Brainard Cheney, "Christianity and the Tragic Vision-Ut...)

I will reserve discussion of_it for a moment , however , to return to President_Kennedy .

(Dolores Hitchens, Footsteps in the Night....)

For a moment he thought_of going_into Crosson 's office to explain that he had to leave , but there was now such a pain in his chest , such a pounding in his head , that he decided to let it go .

And he knew in that moment , with a cold sinking of despair , a dying of old hopes , that Mae had spread some kind of word there among the neighbors .

(Frances and Richard Lockridge, Murder Has...)

Because , if for no other reason , Willings would never for a moment suppose he was not bigger , tougher , than anything else that went on two legs .

(Breni James, Nights of the Kill....)

Gun held his breath a moment , pushing the volume and pitch of his voice down under the trapdoor in his throat .

Related terms

time blink_of_an_eye

[ noun ] at this time


"the disappointments of the here and now" "she is studying at the moment"

Used in print

(Sports Age, 24:9...)

The number depends_on who is talking at the moment .

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[ noun ] having important effects or influence


consequence import


"decisions of great consequence are made by the president himself" "virtue is of more moment that security"

[ noun ] (physics) the moment of a couple is the product of its force and the distance between its opposing forces

Related terms

force dipole_moment couple

[ noun ] (mathematics,statistics) the n-th moment of a distribution is the expected value of the n-th power of the deviations from a fixed value