Meaning of MOMENTARY in English

-rē, -ri adjective

Etymology: Latin momentarius, from momentum moment + -arius -ary — more at moment


a. : continuing only a moment : lasting a very short time : transitory

makes all human trouble appear but a momentary annoyance — Nathaniel Hawthorne

law and order have reigned with only one momentary breakdown — J.H.Huizinga

b. : having a very brief life : ephemeral — used of a living being

truth more complete than the parcel of truth any momentary individual can seize — Matthew Arnold

2. : operative or recurring at every moment

in momentary terror of being hurled headlong down a precipice — T.L.Peacock

3. : momentaneous 3

Synonyms: see transient

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.