1. 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. --1 Cor. xv. 52.
2. Impulsive power; force; momentum.
The moments or quantities of motion in bodies. --Berkley.
Touch, with lightest moment of impulse,
His free will. --Milton.
3. Importance, as in influence or effect; consequence; weight or value; consideration.
Matters of great moment. --Shak.
It is an abstruse speculation, but also of far less moment and consequence of us than the others. --Bentley.
4. An essential element; a deciding point, fact, or consideration; an essential or influential circumstance.
5. Math. An infinitesimal change in a varying quantity; an increment or decrement. [Obs.]
6. Mech. Tendency, or measure of tendency, to produce motion, esp. motion about a fixed point or axis.
Moment of a couple Mech., the product of either of its forces into the perpendicular distance between them.
Moment of a force. Mech. (a) With respect to a point, the product of the intensity of the force into the perpendicular distance from the point to the line of direction of the force. (b) With respect to a line, the product of that component of the force which is perpendicular to the plane passing through the line and the point of application of the force, into the shortest distance between the line and this point. (c) With respect to a plane that is parallel to the force, the product of the force into the perpendicular distance of its point of application from the plane.
Moment of inertia, of a rotating body, the sum of the mass of each particle of matter of the body into the square of its distance from the axis of rotation; -- called also moment of rotation and moment of the mass.
Statical moment, the product of a force into its leverage; the same as moment of a force with respect to a point, line, etc.
Virtual moment. See under Virtual.
Syn: -- Instant; twinkling; consequence; weight; force; value; consideration; signification; avail.
n 1: a particular point in time; "the moment he arrived the party
began" [syn: minute, second, instant]
2: an indefinitely short time; "wait just a moment"; "it only
takes a minute"; "in just a bit" [syn: minute, second,
3: at this time; "the disappointments of the here and now";
"she is studying at the moment" [syn: here and now, present
4: having important effects or influence; "decisions of great
consequence are made by the president himself"; "virtue is
of more moment that security" [syn: consequence, import]
5: the moment of a couple is the product of its force and the
distance between its opposing forces
6: the n-th moment of a distribution is the expected value of
the n-th power of the deviations from a fixed value