Meaning of MOMENT in English


n.1 a very brief portion of time; an instant.

2 a short period of time (wait a moment) (see also MINUTE(1)).

3 an exact or particular point of time (at last the moment arrived; I came the moment you called).

4 importance (of no great moment).

5 Physics & Mech. etc. a the turning effect produced by a force acting at a distance on an object. b this effect expressed as the product of the force and the distance from its line of action to a point.

Phrases and idioms:

at the moment at this time; now. in a moment

1. very soon.

2 instantly. man (or woman etc.) of the moment the one of importance at the time in question. moment of inertia Physics the quantity by which the angular acceleration of a body must be multiplied to give corresponding torque. moment of truth a time of crisis or test (orig. the final sword-thrust in a bullfight). not for a (or one) moment never; not at all. this moment immediately; at once (come here this moment).

Etymology: ME f. OF f. L momentum: see MOMENTUM

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.