a) lasting for only a moment
b) happening at every moment; perpetual

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  • Momentary — Mo men*ta*ry, a. [L. momentarius. See {Moment}.] Done in a moment; continuing only a moment; lasting a very short time; as, a momentary pang. [1913 Webster] This momentary joy breeds months of pain. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • momentary — index brief, ephemeral, immediate (imminent), pending (imminent), temporary, transient, transitory …   Law dictionary

  • momentary — (adj.) lasting a moment, mid 15c., from L. momentarius of brief duration, from momentum (see MOMENT (Cf. moment)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • momentary — *transient, transitory, passing, ephemeral, fugitive, fleeting, evanescent, short lived Antonyms: agelong …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • momentary — [adj] brief, fleeting cursory, dreamlike, ephemeral, evanescent, flashing, flitting*, flying, fugacious, fugitive, gone in flash*, hasty, impermanent, impulsive, instantaneous, in wink of an eye*, like lightning, passing, quick, shifting, short,… …   New thesaurus

  • momentary — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ very brief or short lived …   English terms dictionary

  • momentary — [mō′mən ter΄ē] adj. [L momentarius] 1. lasting for only a moment; passing; transitory 2. recurring every moment; constant 3. likely to occur at any moment SYN. TRANSIENT momentariness n …   English World dictionary

  • momentary — [[t]mo͟ʊməntəri, AM teri[/t]] ADJ Something that is momentary lasts for a very short period of time, for example for a few seconds or less. ...a momentary lapse of concentration... His hesitation was only momentary. Syn: brief …   English dictionary

  • momentary — momentariness, n. /moh meuhn ter ee/, adj. 1. lasting but a moment; very brief; fleeting: a momentary glimpse. 2. that might occur at any moment; ever impending: to live in fear of momentary annihilation. 3. effective or recurring at every… …   Universalium

  • momentary — /ˈmoʊməntri / (say mohmuhntree), Originally US / tɛri/ (say teree) adjective 1. lasting but a moment; very brief: a momentary glimpse. 2. occurring at any moment: to live in fear of momentary exposure. 3. constant; occurring at every moment.… …  

  • momentary — adj. Momentary is used with these nouns: ↑confusion, ↑distraction, ↑elation, ↑fame, ↑flash, ↑glimpse, ↑hesitation, ↑lapse, ↑panic, ↑pause, ↑pleasure, ↑ …   Collocations dictionary

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