## MOMENT

### Moment

In mathematics, a**moment**is, loosely speaking, a quantitative measure of the shape of a set of points. The "second moment", or more specifically the "second central moment", for example, is widely used and measures the "width" of a set of points in one dimension, or in higher dimensions measures the shape of a cloud of points as it could be fit by an ellipsoid. Other moments describe other aspects of a distribution such as how the distribution is skewed from its mean. The mathematical concept is closely related to the concept of moment in physics, although moment in physics is often represented somewhat differently. Any distribution ...

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### moment

#### Noun

- A brief, unspecified amount of time.
- The smallest portion of time; an instant.
- Weight or importance.
- The turning effect of a force applied to a rotational system at a distance from the axis of rotation. Also called moment of force.
- A definite period of time, specifically one-tenth of a point, or one-fortieth or one-fiftieth of an hour.
- A petit mal episode; such a spell.
- A fit, a short-duration tantrum, a hissy.

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