noun mo·ment \ˈmō-mənt\

: a very short period of time

: a particular time : a precise point in time

: the present time

Full Definition of MOMENT

a :  a minute portion or point of time :  instant
b :  a comparatively brief period of time
a :  present time
b :  a time of excellence or conspicuousness
:  importance in influence or effect
obsolete :  a cause or motive of action
:  a stage in historical or logical development
a :  tendency or measure of tendency to produce motion especially about a point or axis
b :  the product of quantity (as a force) and the distance to a particular axis or point
a :  the mean of the nth powers of the deviations of the observed values in a set of statistical data from a fixed value
b :  the expected value of a power of the deviation of a random variable from a fixed value

Origin of MOMENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin momentum movement, particle sufficient to turn the scales, moment, from movēre to move
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of MOMENT

importance, consequence, moment, weight, significance mean a quality or aspect having great worth or significance. importance implies a value judgment of the superior worth or influence of something or someone <a region with no cities of importance>. consequence generally implies importance because of probable or possible effects <the style you choose is of little consequence>. moment implies conspicuous or self-evident consequence <a decision of great moment>. weight implies a judgment of the immediate relative importance of something <the argument carried no weight with the judge>. significance implies a quality or character that should mark a thing as important but that is not self-evident and may or may not be recognized <the treaty's significance>.
MOMENT Defined for Kids


noun mo·ment \ˈmō-mənt\

Definition of MOMENT for Kids

:  a very brief time <A shooting star lasts only a moment.>
:  present time <I'm busy at the moment.>
:  importance <We met to discuss a subject of great moment.>
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