• WordNet 3.6
    • adj momentary lasting for a markedly brief time "a fleeting glance","fugitive hours","rapid momentaneous association of things that meet and pass","a momentary glimpse"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Momentary Done in a moment; continuing only a moment; lasting a very short time; as, a momentary pang. "This momentary joy breeds months of pain."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • momentary Lasting but a moment or for a very short time; of short duration: as, a momentary pang.
    • momentary Short-lived; likely to die soon or at any moment.
    • momentary Occurring every moment: as, momentary interruptions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Momentary lasting for a moment: done in a moment: short-lived
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  • Marcus Aurelius
    “When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man's life.”
  • Horace
    “Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.”
  • John Keats
    “Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.”
  • Sydney Smith
    “Manners are like the shadows of virtues, they are the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love and respect.”
  • John W. Gardner
    “Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the non-pharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.”
  • Charles Burney
    Charles Burney
    “Discord occasions a momentary distress to the ear, which remains unsatisfied, and even uneasy, until it hears something better.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. momentarius,. See Moment
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. momentum, for movimentummovēre, to move.


In literature:

The hesitation was only momentary, this time.
"The Taming of Red Butte Western" by Francis Lynde
It was a momentary cowardice that tempted her to yield to her fatigue.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
She felt a momentary confusion as though surprised by another person in a room she had thought empty.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
They over-emphasise momentary relations, while they necessarily ignore permanent bonds.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
The charcoal burners were stationary before the momentary abandon of Howat Penny's temper.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
It was but momentary.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
She should have gone to meet him herself, but a momentary paralysis kept her in her chair.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
There was something so simple and so sincere in his manner that my momentary fear subsided.
"A Woman Named Smith" by Marie Conway Oemler
His momentary wonder at her reticence passed.
"The Lighted Way" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
A momentary panic is upon them.
"Miss Caprice" by St. George Rathborne

In poetry:

A ghostliness was round him as he stepp'd,
Chilling my inmost heart;
A momentary tearful sorrow crept
Throughout me as a part
"The Two Angels" by Alexander Anderson
WHILE thought unbending wings thy playful hour,
Say, lovely Princess! dares my Muse advance?
Or hope, mild beaming in thy studious bow'r,
From thy bright eyes one momentary glance?
"Dedication To Her Royal Highness The Princess Charlotte Of Wales" by Emma Lyon
While waters flow, and soft winds woo
The golden-hearted bud with sighs;
And, like a flower an angel threw,
Out of the momentary skies
A star falls burning blue,--
I dream of you, of you.
"Apart" by Madison Julius Cawein
Lord, I confesse my sinne is great;
Great is my sinne. Oh! gently treat
With thy quick flow'r, thy momentarie bloom;
Whose life is still pressing
Is one undressing,
A steadie aiming at a tombe.
"Repentance" by George Herbert
A little longer, and the lovely light,
Draining the last drops from its wondrous urn,
Departed, and the swart shades in their turn,
Impatient of the momentary mirth,
Crowded to seize the earth.
"After-Glow" by Susan Coolidge
Go, love, since go you must,
Out of our pain we bless you as you fly;
The momentary heaven the rainbow lit
Was worth whole days of black and stormy sky;
Shall we not see, as by the waves we sit,
Your bright sail winging shoreward--by and by?
"A Farewell" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

Manually operated three or four-way spool valves have 1/4-in NPT ports for easy access, detented or momentary operation, and 0 to 150-psig pressure ranges, and operate at 32 to 140°F.
The second hand seemed to tremble on the edge of motion when I was young, like a diver poised with suppliant arms, paused in momentary stillness before secretly shifting his weight.
'Fun Size' is a momentary pleasure, instantly forgotten (C+).
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has gone from a middle-of-the-pack GOP presidential candidate to becoming the momentary front-runner for the Republican nomination, according to new poll results.
The phone rings, I answer with my usual happy salutation, then I may or may not hear a "click" or a momentary pause.
The sunset offered the harried bartenders a momentary reprieve.
Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE After a momentary spark, Nick Foles fell back down to earth with the rest of this Eagles team.
Any momentary interruptions in your stream may be due to Internet congestion, which can be more frequent at certain times of the day.
There were times this year when Justin Verlander took the mound while his team was reeling a bit - and the right-hander's presence was Detroit's best shot at snapping out of a momentary funk.
DETROIT — There were times this year when Justin Verlander took the mound while his team was reeling a bit — and the right-hander's presence was Detroit's best shot at snapping out of a momentary funk.
DETROIT (AP) — There were times this year when Justin Verlander took the mound while his team was reeling a bit — and the right-hander's presence was Detroit's best shot at snapping out of a momentary funk.
Momentary look of surprise, but he recovered well, kept whistling and went on to the next door.
And the right-hander’s presence was Detroit’s best shot at snapping out of a momentary funk.
A morning hunt for a pair of burglars near the King/Pierce County line led to a momentary lockdown of schools and day care centers in Southwest Federal Way and Dash Point .
The only instrument provided by someone other than a Momentary Prophet is cello, performed expertly by Tommy Hunt, at the exact moments when such a sound was required.

In science:

A and the plus observers will be initially displaced by A where Ω is the orbital velocity and A is the momentary amplitude of the radiation.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
Ideally, the system should be so straightforward that, to satisfy some momentary curiosity about a formalism or a proof or a theorem, one could just visit a web page instead of suffering through the installation of a new system.
A Wiki for Mizar: Motivation, Considerations, and Initial Prototype
With a barrier the motion is somewhat more chaotic, and the local drift velocity adjusts better to ˙X , as seen in Fig.3a. A strict adiabatic approximation would be applicable if the momentary motion (for a frozen piston position) were chaotic, with some finite correlation time τcl .
Non-adiabatic pumping in an oscillating-piston model
It may be possible at the CASA/MIA site to monitor commercial broadcast signals in the 55 - 88 MHz range to detect momentary enhancements associated with large showers, in the same sense that meteor showers produce such enhancements.
Detection of the RF Pulse Associated With Cosmic Ray Air Showers
Also, if the gas is sub jected to supersonic turbulence, shocks will form and cause momentary excursions of the temperatures up to about 1000 K for Mach numbers M ≈ 10.
Evidence and Implications of Pressure Fluctuations in the ISM