**moment** | | |

*n. (time)* | **1**. **instant**, **minute**, **moment**, **second** | a particular point in time.; "*the moment he arrived the party began*" |

| ~ climax, culmination | the decisive moment in a novel or play.; "*the deathbed scene is the climax of the play*" |

| ~ point in time, point | an instant of time.; "*at that point I had to leave*" |

| ~ eleventh hour, last minute | the latest possible moment.; "*money became available at the eleventh hour*"; "*at the last minute the government changed the rules*" |

| ~ moment of truth | a crucial moment on which much depends. |

| ~ moment of truth | the moment in a bullfight when the matador kills the bull. |

| ~ pinpoint | a very brief moment.; "*they were strangers sharing a pinpoint of time together*" |

| ~ time | a suitable moment.; "*it is time to go*" |

| ~ psychological moment | the most appropriate time for achieving a desired effect. |

*n. (time)* | **2**. **bit**, **minute**, **mo**, **moment**, **second** | an indefinitely short time.; "*wait just a moment*"; "*in a mo*"; "*it only takes a minute*"; "*in just a bit*" |

| ~ time | an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities).; "*he waited a long time*"; "*the time of year for planting*"; "*he was a great actor in his time*" |

| ~ blink of an eye, instant, jiffy, new york minute, split second, trice, twinkling, wink, heartbeat, flash | a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat).; "*if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash*" |

*n. (time)* | **3**. **here and now**, **moment**, **present moment** | at this time.; "*the disappointments of the here and now*"; "*she is studying at the moment*" |

| ~ nowadays, present | the period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech.; "*that is enough for the present*"; "*he lives in the present with no thought of tomorrow*" |

*n. (attribute)* | **4**. **consequence**, **import**, **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*" |

| ~ matter | (used with negation) having consequence.; "*they were friends and it was no matter who won the games*" |

| ~ significance | the quality of being significant.; "*do not underestimate the significance of nuclear power*" |

| ~ hell to pay | dire consequences.; "*when the pig ran away there was hell to pay*" |

*n. (phenomenon)* | **5**. **moment** | a turning force produced by an object acting at a distance (or a measure of that force). |

| ~ force | (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity.; "*force equals mass times acceleration*" |

| ~ moment of inertia | the tendency of a body to resist angular acceleration. |

| ~ moment of a couple | given two equal and opposite forces, the product of the force and the distance between them. |

| ~ dipole moment | the moment of a dipole. |

*n. (cognition)* | **6**. **moment** | the n-th moment of a distribution is the expected value of the n-th power of the deviations from a fixed value. |

| ~ statistics | a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters. |

| ~ statistic | a datum that can be represented numerically. |

| ~ second moment | the expected value of the square of the deviations of a random variable from the point of origin. |

| ~ variance | the second moment around the mean; the expected value of the square of the deviations of a random variable from its mean value. |

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