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Dec 07, 2014
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1. Physics:
the quantity of motion of a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity.
2. Figurative:
the impetus gained by a moving object:
   the vehicle gained momentum as the road dipped.
the impetus and driving force gained by the development of a process or course of events:
   the investigation gathered momentum in the spring.
ORIGIN:
late 17th cent.: from Latin, from movimentum, from movere ‘to move‘.
© The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English 2008

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synonyms:
impetus, force, power, drive, push, energy, strength, thrust, propulsion