- 1A very brief period of time: she was silent for a moment before replying a few moments later he returned to the officeMore example sentences
- I had a brief moment of silent panic when I thought I'd chipped a tooth on a particularly hard bit.
- Setting aside the real world for a moment, let's return to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
- He rubbed his hand over his eyes wearily and thought for a moment before replying.
- 1.1An exact point in time: she would always remember the moment they metMore example sentences
- It is impossible to remember the exact moment I fell in love with music.
- The third series opens at the exact moment the last episode ended.
- But some moments will always be remembered just because they sum something up.
- 1.2An appropriate time for doing something; an opportunity: I was waiting for the right moment to tell himMore example sentences
- We all have wonderful ideas hiding inside just waiting for the right moment to be let out.
- The MRF headquarters just waited for the right moment to publicise the matter as much as possible.
- By failing to protest at the right moment, I missed the chance of being heard.
- 1.3A particular stage in the development of something or in a course of events: one of the great moments in aviation historyMore example sentences
- Many times the country has been marred at critical moments in its development, as was the case with the attack on the Pope.
- It is therefore exposed to a disproportionately high dose of chemicals at a critical moment of its development.
- We find ourselves at a historical moment in the course of a major change.
- 2 [mass noun] • formal Importance: the issues were of little moment to the electorateMore example sentences
- Martyrs' relics and graves seemed of little moment in a world about to be consumed by fire.
- His diplomacy won over only the Illyrian king Genthius, whose support proved of little moment.
- It is therefore of little moment for the affected parties and, derivatively, for social policy.
- 3 Physics A turning effect produced by a force acting at a distance on an object.More example sentences
- The team used samarium, an element whose spin and orbital moments are opposite and vary with temperature.
- Here's the sneaky part - we use that fact that atoms with the wrong moments are kicked out of the trap.
- The relative size of the control surface in relation to its location also will determine the magnitude of the moments.
- 3.1The magnitude of a turning effect produced by a force acting at a distance, expressed as the product of the force and the distance from its line of action to a given point.More example sentences
- Hove et al. found that box fishes exhibit some of the smallest amplitude recoil moments known among fishes.
- Stride length is probably limited more by optimisation of force moments by the nervous system than ROM.
- 4 Statistics A quantity that expresses the average or expected value of the first, second, third, or fourth power of the deviation of each component of a frequency distribution from a given value, typically mean or zero. The first moment is the mean, the second moment the variance, the third moment the skew, and the fourth moment the kurtosis.More example sentences
- It follows from substitution and rearrangement that the expected value of the second moment of y about x is [(1 / k) + F ST].
- In that case, one has a finite value of the first moment, i.e., of the average jump length.
- In the absence of dominance, the expectation of the variance is a second moment in gene frequencies, and the variance of the variance a tractable fourth moment.
any moment (or at any moment)
- Very soon: my father will be here any moment now she looked as though at any moment she might burst into tearsMore example sentences
- The excuse was usually that, although restored to fitness, the illness could strike again at any moment.
- Dark clouds that kept gathering in the sky from afternoon threatened to burst at any moment.
- There is too much to see, and the vaporettos are so heavily laden, they look as if they may sink at any moment.
at the (or this) moment
- At the present time; now: he’s in bed at the momentMore example sentences
- It seems that the web and politics have become my current fascination at the moment.
- We managed to get some funds out but not very much as there is no foreign currency to buy at the moment.
- And at this moment in time, she's just as brilliantly oblivious as she ever was.
for the moment
- For now: I decided that, for the moment, I’d keep quietMore example sentences
- I will dismiss the silliness of the notion for the moment, and run with the premise.
- Whatever the truth of that it seems likely that, for the moment, the spending settlement will stick.
- In town there is, for the moment, nothing for me or any honest man to do.
have a moment
- • informal Be currently popular or in fashion: the hitherto unfashionable Tyrol is currently having a moment Brady believes foreign language films definitely had a moment about 7 years agoMore example sentences
- The sunglasses had a moment a few years ago, but the classic shades have been around for years.
- The cable knit sweater is also having a fashion moment of its own.
- While the bob has many guises, the iconic style is currently having a moment.
have one's (or its) moments
- Have short periods that are better or more impressive than others: the LP may not be the best album of the year, but it has its momentsMore example sentences
- Overall, it was a most enjoyable game that saw both sides having their moments but, although Ballyduff came close, Desmonds just about deserved their win.
- There are others who will have their moments, but when you look at the strength these guys have on the bench, you realise that they are in a different league.
- That said, the Bond movies do have their moments.
in a moment
- 1Very soon: I’ll be back in a momentMore example sentences
very soon, in a minute, in a second, in a trice, in a flash, shortly, any minute, any minute now, in a short time, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in (less than) no time, in no time at all, before you know it, before long; North American momentarily• informal in a jiffy, in a nanosecond, in two shakes, in two shakes of a lamb's tail, before you can say Jack Robinson, in the blink of an eye, in a blink, in the wink of an eye, in a wink, before you can say knifeBritish • informal in a tick, in two ticks, in a moNorth American • informal in a snap• archaic or • informal anon• archaic ere long
- I will be out of here in a moment, as soon as I find the door.
- We shall see why this doubleness is so important in a moment.
- I will be removing some people from the Chamber in a moment, very quickly.
- 2Instantly: the fugitive was captured in a momentMore example sentences
- The resulting sculptures are almost spookily realistic - every pore, fissure, sinew or callus can be captured in a moment - immortalised in stone or metal.
- Her eyes suddenly flowed over and in a moment, she was crying freely.
- Burge drove straight out, and in a moment, was on the highway.
live for the moment
- Live or act without worrying about the future: Pisceans hate routine and like to live for the momentMore example sentences
- In other words, it made some people live for the future and others live for the moment.
- They are the carefree ones - the dare-devils who live for the moment and leave the future to look after itself.
- I'm just living for the moment, not daring to think about what the future holds.
the moment ——
- As soon as ——: the heavens opened the moment we left the houseMore example sentences
- These tactics protect the military's house of cards for a while but it collapses the moment the principal actor is removed.
- In fact, I said yes immediately, the moment that Mum had finished speaking, the moment the question mark had left her mouth.
- James sat waiting, and the moment his gaze caught hers she ran into his arms.
moment of truth
- A time when a person or thing is tested, a decision has to be made, or a crisis has to be faced: the moment of truth for most German children comes at the end of Grade 4[with allusion to the final sword thrust in a bullfight]More example sentences
- After all, it is neither a moment of truth nor a turning point for two of the three characters.
- The fuel crisis has brought us to a moment of truth.
- The dramatic climax is Esther's moment of truth, when she summons the courage to risk her life for her people.
not a moment too soon
- Almost too late.More example sentences
- Finally, the show was to begin and not a moment too soon.
- After an unexpected delay, the Bulgarian winter has finally arrived - and not a moment too soon for the country's ski resorts.
- West Vancouver council's plan to install universal water meters in the district has come not a moment too soon.
not for a (or one) moment
- Not at all; never: she had not for one moment doubted that everything would go her wayMore example sentences
- ‘I never ever doubted him, not for a moment,’ said the pilot's fiancée Helena.
- Yet not for a moment would he consider moving out to a place of his own, which he surely could have afforded.
- He wasn't fooled, not for a moment, but he wasn't going to give me the satisfaction of a reaction.
of the moment
- Currently popular, famous, or important: the buzzword of the momentMore example sentences
- There are a thousand sites on the net which duplicate the popular links of the moment.
- Now it's the buzzword of the moment and it could be a key issue in the coming Federal election.
- Virtualization is the buzzword of the moment for hardware and software makers alike.
one moment (or just a moment)
- A request for someone to wait for a short period of time: ‘One moment, please, while I check the bookings,’ the waiter saidMore example sentences
- Excuse me one moment but am I right in thinking that there are at least two unemployed people in the UK?
share a moment
- • informal Experience a joint sensation of heightened emotion: Alan and Bridget shared a moment yesterday after the memorial serviceMore example sentences
- Then he sees Charlotte for real, across the street, walking toward the karaoke joint where they shared a moment.
- Once inside, the crowds will share a moment of silence.
- I just - I just feel that we shared a moment.
late Middle English: from Latin momentum (see momentum).