noun (plural momenta /-tə/ or momentums)
- 1 Physics The quantity of motion of a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity.More example sentences
- In contrast, the active medium in the mechanical laser is the intrinsic angular momenta of electrons and nuclei.
- At any time, since the momenta of the two masses are opposite and equal in magnitude, the total momentum of the ‘device’ is zero.
- As nuclei spin, the balance of factors is perturbed, and at very high angular momenta nuclei may adopt odd shapes resembling peanuts, bananas, jumping jacks, or sea urchins, among others.
- 2The impetus gained by a moving object: the vehicle gained momentum as the road dippedMore example sentences
- As the herd gained momentum the bells on the lead cows rang out louder and the erratic clanging became a regular tolling.
- The forest of streamers from the wharf to the ship's rail slowly broke as the vessel gained momentum.
- Its large pointed ears were laid back flat against its head as it gained momentum.
- 2.1The impetus and driving force gained by the development of a process or course of events: the investigation gathered momentum in the springMore example sentences
- However, the focus will be on how the company intends to contain costs and yet maintain momentum in development and research.
- He added that crime trends often gathered momentum as word spreads about the profits.
- The campaign to rehabilitate Nietzsche in France swiftly gathered momentum.
late 17th century: from Latin, from movimentum, from movere 'to move'.