Definition of momentary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈməʊm(ə)nt(ə)ri/


Lasting for a very short time; brief: a momentary lapse of concentration
More example sentences
  • It may have been due to her diabetes or a momentary lapse of concentration that she drifted across the road.
  • Occasionally he tapped the ash, a momentary pause in the almost mechanical rhythm of the smoking.
  • In any event, she was charming in the face of my momentary lapse in speech.



Pronunciation: /ˈməʊm(ə)nt(ə)rɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • The thesis of the momentariness of human existence has had a recent defender in Derek Parfit.
  • Despite their momentariness within the whole work, it is probable that a late 15 th-century audience familiar with the chanson would have found these quotations striking.
  • Despite the extreme artificiality and banality of this Hollywood equation, he manages to convey some of the charged momentariness of a real-life encounter.


Late Middle English: from Latin momentarius, from momentum (see moment).

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