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noun (pl2=momenta)
  1. (physics) (of a body in motion) the product of its mass and velocity.
  2. The impetus, either of a body in motion, or of an idea or course of events.
    • 1843, Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Old Apple Dealer", in Mosses from an Old Manse
    • :The travellers swarm forth from the cars. All are full of the which they have caught from their mode of conveyance.
    • 1882, Thomas Hardy, Two on a Tower
    • :Their intention to become husband and wife, at first halting and timorous, had accumulated with the lapse of hours, till it now bore down every obstacle in its course.

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