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From the first moment you spoke, I have felt this mysterious power.

Philothea had listened so earnestly, that for a moment all other thoughts were expelled from her mind.

In this holy atmosphere we paused for a moment in silent reverence.

Philæmon averted his face for a moment, and struggled hard with his feelings.

A moment later Percival remembered his last words, also his reference to Blythe.

Tell Aunt Cornelia, please, that I shall be along in just a moment.

Come, before he comes to gibe us for having heeded a moment.

At the top she breathed a moment and then knocked at a door before her.

They were apart from the others and for the moment unnoticed.

At the moment of parting he began to realize that he had undertaken a difficult task.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "very brief portion of time, instant," in moment of time, from Old French moment (12c.) "moment, minute; importance, weight, value" or directly from Latin momentum "movement, motion; moving power; alteration, change;" also "short time, instant" (also source of Spanish, Italian momento), contraction of *movimentum, from movere "to move" (see move (v.)). Some (but not OED) explain the sense evolution of the Latin word by notion of a particle so small it would just "move" the pointer of a scale, which led to the transferred sense of "minute time division." Sense of "importance, 'weight' " is attested in English from 1520s.

Phrase never a dull moment first recorded 1889 in Jerome K. Jerome's "Three Men in a Boat." Phrase moment of truth first recorded 1932 in Hemingway's "Death in the Afternoon," from Spanish el momento de la verdad, the final sword-thrust in a bull-fight.

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