momentum
noun (plural momenta or momentums) Etymology: New Latin, from Latin, movement Date: 1610 1. a property of a moving body that the body has by virtue of its mass and motion and that is equal to the product of the body's mass and velocity; broadly a property of a moving body that determines the length of time required to bring it to rest when under the action of a constant force or moment 2. strength or force gained by motion or through the development of events ; impetus <
the campaign gained momentum
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