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Definition of "momentum" []

  • Physics A measure of the motion of a body equal to the product of its mass and velocity. Also called linear momentum. (noun)
  • Impetus of a physical object in motion. (noun)
  • Impetus of a nonphysical process, such as an idea or a course of events: The soaring rise in interest rates finally appeared to be losing momentum. (noun)
  • Philosophy An essential or constituent element; a moment. (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 "momentum" in a sentence
  • "The way for the visitability movement to gain momentum is by first increasing the awareness and interest in the need for this housing construction practice."
  • "The shift in momentum is being fueled by mainstream news editors who want to keep the action hot, without regard for accuracy."
  • "The word momentum is related to the word moment, and those moments for humility, curiosity, and veracity present themselves every day, in every meeting, with every person."