from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. For a moment or an instant.
  • adv. Usage Problem In a moment; very soon.
  • adv. Moment by moment; progressively.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a momentary manner; for a moment or instant.
  • adv. In a moment or very soon; at any moment.
  • adv. Progressively; moment-by-moment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Every moment; from moment to moment.
  • adv. In a moment; in the immediate future.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • So as to be momentary; for a moment.
  • From moment to moment: as, he is momentarily expected.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. for an instant or moment
  • adv. at any moment


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From momentary + -ly.



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