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- adj. momentary
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Momentary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Lasting for a moment; momentary.
- Pertaining to instants of time; instantaneous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lasting for a markedly brief time
Similarly then, a form like *CēC-s-t with added *-s- simply signals that a naturally ongoing action (such as swimming or breathing) is now referring specifically to a singular point in time (+momentaneous), an experience in a person's life.
So the preterite of the hi-class is nothing more than a matter of a former sigmatic experiential, already with momentaneous meaning, replacing the expected form *CóC-e.
The former leads to a durative-turned-present and the latter leads to a momentaneous-turned-past.
If you think about it, the reduplicated form could easily lend a resultative nuance if analysed in this way since the reduplication would have originally stressed the non-stative quality of the verb either "repetitive" in nature as for punctual actions, or "continuative" as for non-momentaneous ones while the *h₂e-set of personal endings would ensure a completive aspect in contrast to the non-completive *mi-set.
Otherwise, it is difficult to reconcile the fact that the Island disappears when it moves, since if no cataclysmic event occurs after the time-travelers go to the past, all that should happen is momentaneous changes in the present state of things on the Island suddenly the Dharma Initiative re-appears because the Hostiles/Others Purge was avoided.
For the communication of light is momentaneous, and ceases at once on the removal of the original light.
Do I want this curious transparent blood of the antipodes, with its momentaneous feelings, and its sort of ABSENTNESS?
It was the sheer momentaneous life of the continent.
Lightning is a great flame, very bright, extending every way to a great distance, suddenly darting upwards, there ending, so that it is only momentaneous.
Our cry is indefinite as to aspect, be crying is durative, cry out is momentaneous, burst into tears is inceptive, keep crying is continuative, start in crying is durative-inceptive, cry now and again is iterative, cry out every now and then or cry in fits and starts is momentaneous-iterative.
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