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Moment, 1) consequence, importance; preceded by of: “towns of any m.” H6A I, 2, 5. “an oath is of no m.” H6C I, 2, 22. “matters of great m.” R3 III, 7, 67. Hml. III, 1, 86. “of some m.” H8 I, 2, 163. “of mighty m.” II, 4, 213. “of more m.” V, 3, 51. “of m.” Oth. III, 4, 138. Cymb. I, 6, 182. Peculiar passage: “I have seen her die twenty times upon far poorer m.” Ant. I, 2, 147 (== a matter of less m.). cf. Immoment.
2) an instant: Sonn. 15, 2. Gent. I, 1, 30. Wiv. II, 1, 50. As III, 5, 24. Troil. IV, 5, 168. Mcb. III, 1, 131. IV, 1, 146. Lr. I, 1, 181. Oth. I, 3, 133. “any m. leisure,” Hml. I, 3, 133 (the later Qq and some M. Edd. moment's). “at this m.” Tw. III, 4, 260. “at that m.” H5 I, 1, 27. in the m. and in that m. == at the m.: “the sweets we wish for turn to loathed sours even in the m. that we call them ours,” Lucr. 868. “when in that m. Titania waked,” Mids. III, 2, 33. in a m. == a) on the spot, immediately: “which in a m. doth confound and kill all pure effects,” Lucr. 250. As I, 2, 135. John II, 391. H5 III, 3, 33. H6A II, 3, 66. IV, 2, 12. IV, 2, 12. b) at the same time: “who can be wise, amazed, temperate and furious, loyal and neutral, in a m.?” Mcb. II, 3, 115. On the m. == immediately: “the accident which brought me to her eye upon the m. did her force subdue,” Compl. 248. “all those . . . on the m. follow his strides,” Tim. I, 1, 79.
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