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  • When she reached the door she stopped for a few moments
    When she reached the door she stopped for a few moments
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n moment having important effects or influence "decisions of great consequence are made by the president himself","virtue is of more moment than security","that result is of no consequence"
    • n moment the n-th moment of a distribution is the expected value of the n-th power of the deviations from a fixed value
    • n moment a turning force produced by an object acting at a distance (or a measure of that force)
    • n moment at this time "the disappointments of the here and now","she is studying at the moment"
    • n moment a particular point in time "the moment he arrived the party began"
    • n moment an indefinitely short time "wait just a moment","in a mo","it only takes a minute","in just a bit"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

And, in a moment, the Blue Children were crowding round the tall old man And, in a moment, the Blue Children were crowding round the tall old man

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If the average person had started counting the moment they were born and continued counting, without stopping, until they turned 65 years old, they still would not have counted to a billion.
    • Moment A minute portion of time; a point of time; an instant; as, at that very moment . "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye."
    • Moment An essential element; a deciding point, fact, or consideration; an essential or influential circumstance.
    • Moment (Math) An infinitesimal change in a varying quantity; an increment or decrement.
    • Moment Importance, as in influence or effect; consequence; weight or value; consideration. "Matters of great moment .""It is an abstruse speculation, but also of far less moment and consequence of us than the others."
    • Moment Impulsive power; force; momentum. "The moments or quantities of motion in bodies.""Touch, with lightest moment of impulse,
      His free will."
    • Moment (Mech) Tendency, or measure of tendency, to produce motion, esp. motion about a fixed point or axis.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Lightning strikes the Earth 100 times every second, from the 1,800 thunderstorms in progress at any given moment.
    • n moment A space of time incalculably or indefinitely small. Time too brief for reckoning; an instant: as, I have but a moment to spare; wait a moment.
    • n moment Precise point of time; exact or very instant, as of a motion, action, or occurrence: as, at that moment he expired.
    • n moment A brief interval; the passing time: in the phrase for aor the moment: as, for a moment he was at a loss.
    • n moment The present time; especially, with the definite article, the precise instant of opportunity.
    • n moment Momentum; impetus; moving cause; impelling force or occasion.
    • n moment Notable purport; weight or value; importance; consequence: as, his opinions are of little moment to us.
    • n moment A forcible or convincing plea.
    • n moment An essential or constituent element; an important factor.
    • n moment In mathematics, an increment or decrement; an infinitesimal change in a varying quantity.
    • n moment In mech., in general, effect; avail. The phrases in which it appears have exact meanings, though the precise sense in which the word itself is taken in these phrases is not always clear.
    • n moment With reference to a line or axis, the product of the component of the force in the plane perpendicular to the line by the distance of that component from that line.
    • moment To order or arrange to a moment.
    • n moment In statistics, influence in determining the position of the center or of the axis of distribution, as of population or resources.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is an average of 61,000 people airborne over the US at any given moment.
    • n Moment mō′ment moving cause or force: importance in effect: value, consequence: the smallest portion of time in which a movement can be made: an instant: the precise point of time, the right opportunity: :
    • n Moment mō′ment (math.) an increment or decrement, an infinitesimal change in a varying quantity
    • n Moment mō′ment (mech.) the moment of a force about a point is the product of the force and the perpendicular on its line of action from the point
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Real action is in silent moments.”
  • Adrienne Rich
    “The moment of change is the only poem.”
  • Pliny The Elder
    “The happier the moment the shorter.”
  • Spanish Proverb
    Spanish Proverb
    “There is no happiness; there are only moments of happiness.”
  • Robert H. Schuller
    “Life is but a moment, death also is but another.”
  • Cesare Pavese
    “We don't remember days; we remember moments.”


Have your moments - Someone who has his or her moments exhibits a positive behavior pattern on an occasional basis but not generally.
Saigon moment - (USA) A Saigon moment is when people realise that something has gone wrong and that they will lose or fail.
Senior moment - A memory lapse or a momentary confusion in someone who is no longer young is a senior moment.
Spur of the moment - If you do something on the spur of the moment, you do it because you felt like it at that time, without any planning or preparation.
Sputnik moment - A Sputnik moment is a point where people realise that they are threatened of challenged and have to redouble their efforts to catch up. It comes from the time when the Soviet Union launched the first satellite, the Sputnik 1, and beat the USA into space.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. moment, L. momentum, for movimentum, movement, motion, moment, fr. movere, to move. See Move, and cf. Momentum Movement
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. momentum, for movimentummovēre, to move.


In literature:

He looked just a shade embarrassed for a moment, but only for a moment.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
For a moment or two he doubted; but at the expiration of those moments he saw that the deceit was necessary.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Her eyes followed mine, and she stood for some moments gazing at him in silence.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Next moment the riders spurred after, each shouting in his own fashion.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
For a moment I thought I was dreaming; but no, the scene was too real to be mistaken for a vision.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Doubtless there were moments in his life when he realized the overwhelming nature of it all.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
A moment later she turned to me.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
For just a moment the sense of disaster was so complete it was ridiculous.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
In another moment, little Phil was out of bed, and the window was unfastened by his trembling fingers.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
And so in a few moments the Uncas was speeding away in the direction of the stranger.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
How the moment recalled to him that other supreme moment of his life at Murewell!
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
We should never know one moment's happiness or one moment's peace.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
A moment later, in the silence, he heard a rustling of the palmettos near the bank of the bayou.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
Promptly Alex stood upright, grasped one of the cross-pieces, carefully lifted, and in another moment the door swung silently outward.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
But it was only a moment, and that moment was too precious to be lost.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Afterwards she scarcely dared think of that moment's indecision.
"The New Tenant" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
To him, in his intense anxiety, the moments seemed hours, and the passage of every moment threw him into despair.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
The moments slipped away, heavy moments of intense feeling and bitter grief.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
He turned aside, and his eyes rested for a moment on the portrait nailed upon his wall.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
At that moment a plaintive negro voice spoke close at hand.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly

In poetry:

On this autumn mountain
Tumbling yellowed leaves
For just a moment
Cease your scattering
For I would see my beloved's home.
"On this autumn mountain" by Kakinomoto no Asomi Hitomaro
He fills the space around; his spell
Is over all in perfect bliss,
He pipes, and yet I could not tell
A single moment where he is.
"The Cricket's Song" by Alexander Anderson
There was a moment when of you
A splendid hope I had to tell,
Believing "Here is one man who
Will serve our waiting country well."
"To A Politician" by Edward Dyson
The strongest moment of my life
Is when I think about the poor;
When, like a spring that rain has fed,
My pity rises more and more.
"Strong Moments" by William H Davies
"Blessed the womb, thee, Lord, that bare!
The bosom that thee fed!"
A moment's silence filled the air,
All heard the words she said.
"The Woman That Lifted Up Her Voice" by George MacDonald
I heard him say as they went by,
Two human flowers in the dew:
"Darling, ah, God, if you should die,
You know, that moment I die, too."
"Young Love" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

"I had this moment onstage a few years ago when I was supposed to be witnessing someone's death," says Mary Zimmerman.
This entry was posted on Friday, May 28th, 2010 at 12:00 am and is filed under Creation Moments, Daily Programming.
That's the story of the maximally important Pacific Lumber bankruptcy case, which has offered the county one of the greatest moments of crisis and opportunity in its recent history.
GL is lookin' for the wackiest blush much moments of the holiday season.
Whether you put salt in the sugar cookies or smooched your bestie's bulldog under the mistletoe, we're dying to hear about your most embarrassing moments ever, holiday edition.
The resurrection is still surreal, spawning unique moments like the one many of us in Columbia witnessed on Friday night.
Percy Harvin's blowup with coach in 'heat of the moment'.
There have been many good moments through the first five weeks of the college football season.
I won't deny for a moment that the game of golf requires tremendous skill.
Deepening the Moment with Diana Fosha.
Diversity leads to UTC moment of silence instead of prayer at football games.
UTC to begin moment of silence before football games.
Ben's tenet of traveling: any long trip will have, proportional to the inevitable mishaps and tedium, incredible moments of serendipity.
For a brief moment Friday, Treve' Ensley felt like the little kid who just dropped a big piece of his own birthday cake.
It's easy to forget property lines when you're spending time on a boat, and one of the joys of having one is that you can simply "be" where you are at the moment.

In science:

Therefore if Z1(n) converges in ∗–moments as n → ∞ then so does Z2(n) and their limit ∗–moments coincide.
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator
Now each ∗–moment of Dσ is the average over π ∈ A of the corresponding ∗–moments of the matrices Dπ described in (18).
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator
Then also Z2(n) converges in ∗–moments as n → ∞, and its limit ∗–moments are the same as those of Z1(n).
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator
Let µ(V ), m(V ) are V -moment and sample V -moment, respectively.
Minimax Entropy and Maximum Likelihood. Complementarity of tasks, identity of solutions
Let us give a recurrence formula for moments of filtered random variables, or “filtered moments”.
Filtered random variables, bialgebras and convolutions
These moments are the moments of the multivariate classical Poisson law.
Filtered random variables, bialgebras and convolutions
We observe that every moment of a Gaussian is fully determined by its second moment, which in our case equals κλ.
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
One can show that the sequence G(N ) converges both in expected ⋆–moments and in ⋆–moments almost surely to a certain non–commutative random variable c [Vo1, Tho].
Random regularization of Brown spectral measure
More generally, the critical behaviour of the moments of the correlation function is characterized by a set of exponents xσn which depend on the moment order n in the case of multifractality.
Quenched bond dilution in two-dimensional Potts models
Moreover, the solutions of the functional equation have finite first moment and there is a unique such probability measure having first moment equal to 1.
Random walks in random environment on trees and multiplicative chaos
Given two non-trivial moments, e.g. n = 1, 2, c(t) and µ(t) can be calculated, and all other moments are determined.
Dynamics of heuristic optimization algorithms on random graphs
We can see that the condition is expressed in terms of the moments of µ, therefore the aim is to prove that the assumption of admissibility on V implies the solvability of the moment problem for µ.
A note on edge oriented reinforced random walks and RWRE
We may rewrite Eq. (5.19) as a volume integral, which in turn allows us to relate the multipole moments Φℓm and the reduced quadrupole moments Iij .
Variational Principles in General Relativity
For our purposes, we only calculate the monopole moment, which is equivalent to the mass correction to the ADM mass, and the ℓ = m = 2 multipole moment, which is related to the quadrupole moment.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Such results allow us to make conjectures about similar moments for the Riemann zeta function, and provide a uniform approach to understanding moments of the zeta function and its derivative.
Random matrix theory and discrete moments of the Riemann zeta function