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Definition of "moment" []

  • A brief, indefinite interval of time. (noun)
  • A specific point in time, especially the present time: He is not here at the moment. (noun)
  • A particular period of importance, influence, or significance in a series of events or developments: a great moment in history; waiting for her big moment. (noun)
  • Outstanding significance or value; importance: a discovery of great moment. (noun)
  • A brief period of time that is characterized by a quality, such as excellence, suitability, or distinction: a lackluster performance that nevertheless had its moments. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "moment" in a sentence
  • "Diary Entry by Alan MacDonald (about the author) yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Let\'s use the Health Care bill as an Obama "teaching moment"'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Let\'s use the Health Care bill as an Obama \'teaching moment\' --- not him \'teaching us\ 'but us \'teaching him\'! '"
  • "In principle, this whole sequence of events, foreseen and foreshadowed from the moment of your birth -- from _this moment_ -- can be avoided."
  • "Odillon Barrot was the hero of the moment -- literally _of the moment_."