moment

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French moment, from Latin momentum.

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moment (plural moments)

  1. A brief, unspecified amount of time.
    Wait a moment, while I lock the front door.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
      Then came a maid with hand-bag and shawls, and after her a tall young lady. She stood for a moment holding her skirt above the grimy steps, [] , and the light of the reflector fell full upon her.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 6, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      Sophia broke down here. Even at this moment she was subconsciously comparing her rendering of the part of the forlorn bride with Miss Marie Lohr's.
    • 2013 June 14, Sam Leith, “Where the profound meets the profane”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 1, page 37:
      Swearing doesn't just mean what we now understand by "dirty words". It is entwined, in social and linguistic history, with the other sort of swearing: vows and oaths. Consider for a moment the origins of almost any word we have for bad language – "profanity", "curses", "oaths" and "swearing" itself.
  2. The smallest portion of time; an instant.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.
  3. Weight or importance.
  4. (physics, mechanics) The turning effect of a force applied to a rotational system at a distance from the axis of rotation. Also called moment of force.
  5. (historical) A definite period of time, specifically one-tenth of a point, or one-fortieth or one-fiftieth of an hour.
  6. (informal) A petit mal episode; such a spell.
  7. (colloquial) A fit, a short-duration tantrum, a hissy.
  8. (mathematics) An infinitesimal change in a varying quantity; an increment or decrement.
  9. (mathematics) A quantitative measure of the shape of a set of points.
    If the points represent mass, then the zeroth moment is the total mass, the first moment divided by the total mass is the center of mass, and the second moment is the rotational inertia.

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  • 1897 Universal Dictionary of the English Language, v 3 p 3174. ("The smallest portion of time; an instant." is a direct quote from this Dictionary.)

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mōmentum.

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moment m (plural moments)

  1. moment (specific instant or time)
    • [] el català, malgrat tot, viu un moment de glòria efímera durant els darrers anys del segle XVIII i primers del XIX.
      Catalan, in spite of everything, had a moment of glory for the last years of the 18th Century and the first ones of the 19th.

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin momentum.

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moment n (plural momenten, diminutive momentje n)

  1. moment (very brief period of time)

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mōmentum.

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moment m (plural moments)

  1. moment (point in time)
  2. moment (short period of time)
  3. a while
    Ça fait un moment que je l'attends
    I've been waiting for him for a while
  4. (physics, mechanics) moment, momentum

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Friulian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mōmentum.

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moment m (plural moments)

  1. moment, instant

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin momentum, from movere

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moment n (definite singular momentet, indefinite plural moment, definite plural momenta)

  1. element, variable, contributing factor or circumstance
    Det er mange moment som spelar inn her.
    There are many variables at play here.
  2. (physics) moment of force

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Polish[edit]

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moment m inan

  1. (physics) moment
    moment bezwładności – moment of inertia
    moment gnący / moment zginający – bending moment
    moment pędu – angular momentum, moment of momentum
    moment siły – moment of force
    moment skręcający – twisting moment

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  • moment in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French moment, from Latin momentum.

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moment n (plural momente)

  1. moment (brief period of time) (clarification of this definition is being sought)

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