from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb For a moment or an instant.
  • adverb Usage Problem In a moment; very soon.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adverb for an instant or moment
  • adverb at any moment


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From momentary + -ly.



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