Definition of momentary in English:



  • Lasting for a very short time; brief.

    ‘a momentary lapse of concentration’
    • ‘It may have been due to her diabetes or a momentary lapse of concentration that she drifted across the road.’
    • ‘Occasionally he tapped the ash, a momentary pause in the almost mechanical rhythm of the smoking.’
    • ‘In any event, she was charming in the face of my momentary lapse in speech.’
    • ‘All drivers have momentary lapses and if that is a crime then we are all criminals.’
    • ‘She needed to know that it was just a momentary lapse in judgement and that she was his only love.’
    • ‘The attack helicopter's appearance did cause a momentary pause in the battle.’
    • ‘He thought it was a momentary loss of concentration by the car driver who he expected to correct the manoeuvre.’
    • ‘A momentary drop in concentration and Schuettler was two breaks down and the set had slipped away from him.’
    • ‘There are a couple of brief gaps in the print causing very slight and momentary jumps within a scene.’
    • ‘The distant clatter of a milk van revives a long-lost, though momentary, reverie.’
    • ‘Any one person can win the game, his unfortunate momentary rival getting the blame for the inverse loss.’
    • ‘Either it slipped my mind that I was, in fact, 19, or I'd suffered momentary aphasia.’
    • ‘France takes the idea of passion being a mediating factor further, like momentary madness.’
    • ‘But despite the momentary release, it doesn't solve the problem, and may compound it.’
    • ‘A father watching his daughter comb her brother's hair experiences a momentary pang of pure happiness.’
    • ‘I had a momentary insight into the fragility and mortality of mankind.’
    • ‘Both the question and the response caused a momentary hush in the crowd.’
    • ‘What took place was a momentary loss of temper and he struck out in anger.’
    • ‘The sense of relief is momentary as further scrutiny reveals the cracks in the economy.’
    • ‘She took advantage of his momentary weakness to drive her elbows into his stomach.’
    brief, short, short-lived, quick, fleeting, passing, transient, transitory, ephemeral, evanescent, fugitive, temporary, impermanent
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Late Middle English from Latin momentarius, from momentum (see moment).