Meaning of MOMENT in English


/moh"meuhnt/ , n.

1. an indefinitely short period of time; instant: I'll be with you in a moment.

2. the present time or any other particular time (usually prec. by the ): He is busy at the moment.

3. a definite period or stage, as in a course of events; juncture: at this moment in history.

4. importance or consequence: a decision of great moment.

5. a particular time or period of success, excellence, fame, etc.: His big moment came in the final game.

6. Statistics. the mean or expected value of the product formed by multiplying together a set of one or more variates or variables each to a specified power.

7. Philos.

a. an aspect of a thing.

b. Obs. an essential or constituent factor.

8. Mech.

a. a tendency to produce motion, esp. about an axis.

b. the product of a physical quantity and its directed distance from an axis: moment of area; moment of mass.

[ 1300-50; ME momentum motion, cause of motion, hence, influence, importance, essential factor, moment of time, equiv. to mo- (var. s. of movere to MOVE) + -mentum -MENT ]

Syn. 1. second, jiffy, trice, flash, twinkling. See minute 1 . 4. significance, weight, gravity. See importance .

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .