from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A brief, indefinite interval of time.
- n. A specific point in time, especially the present time: He is not here at the moment.
- n. 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.
- n. Outstanding significance or value; importance: a discovery of great moment.
- n. 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.
- n. Philosophy An essential or constituent element, as of a complex idea.
- n. Philosophy A phase or an aspect of a logically developing process.
- n. Physics The product of a quantity and its perpendicular distance from a reference point.
- n. Physics The tendency to cause rotation about a point or an axis.
- n. Statistics The expected value of a positive integral power of a random variable. The first moment is the mean of the distribution.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A brief, unspecified amount of time.
- n. The smallest portion of time; an instant.
- n. Weight or importance.
- n. The turning effect of a force applied to a rotational system at a distance from the axis of rotation. Also called moment of force.
- n. A definite period of time, specifically one-tenth of a point, or one-fortieth or one-fiftieth of an hour.
- n. A petit mal episode; such a spell.
- n. A fit, a short-duration tantrum, a hissy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A minute portion of time; a point of time; an instant.
- n. Impulsive power; force; momentum.
- n. Importance, as in influence or effect; consequence; weight or value; consideration.
- n. An essential element; a deciding point, fact, or consideration; an essential or influential circumstance.
- n. An infinitesimal change in a varying quantity; an increment or decrement.
- n. Tendency, or measure of tendency, to produce motion, esp. motion about a fixed point or axis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A space of time incalculably or indefinitely small.
- n. Precise point of time; exact or very instant, as of a motion, action, or occurrence: as, at that moment he expired.
- n. A brief interval; the passing time: in the phrase for aor the moment: as, for a moment he was at a loss.
- n. The present time; especially, with the definite article, the precise instant of opportunity.
- n. Momentum; impetus; moving cause; impelling force or occasion.
- n. Notable purport; weight or value; importance; consequence: as, his opinions are of little moment to us.
- n. A forcible or convincing plea.
- n. An essential or constituent element; an important factor.
- n. In mathematics, an increment or decrement; an infinitesimal change in a varying quantity.
- n. In mech., in general, effect; avail.
- n. With reference to a line or axis, the product of the component of the force in the plane perpendicular to the line by the distance of that component from that line.
- To order or arrange to a moment.
- n. In statistics, influence in determining the position of the center or of the axis of distribution, as of population or resources.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. at this time
- n. a turning force produced by an object acting at a distance (or a measure of that force)
- n. a particular point in time
- n. having important effects or influence
- n. the n-th moment of a distribution is the expected value of the n-th power of the deviations from a fixed value
- n. an indefinitely short time
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mōmentum, from *movimentum; see momentum.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French moment, from Latin momentum. (Wiktionary)