# How long is 'a moment'?

I read somewhere that a moment can be measured…something like 90 secs. Unfortunately I can’t remember the source (except that it was a British newspaper).

Anybody out there who’s heard of this theory, has a link or an answer to this query?

Tried Googling but nothing relevant came up.

Thanks.

In physics, the term “moment” has a specific definition, which is the vector product of a quantity (usually motion) and its perpendicular distance from a reference point. In common usage, it is a short, but indeterminate length of time, or an instantaneous, zero-length, point in time.

I’ve repeatedly heard the bit of trivia that in old England, a moment was legally defined as one and a half minutes. Might of course be an urban legend without any truth in it.

I thought that was an Mmm-Bop.

Hey, Troy, come here. Closer. A little closer. Little more. Ok…what’s the sound of one hand clapping?

SMACK
Let that be a lesson to you.

I’ve always considered it to be 3 minutes. Of course, maybe that was for “a couple of moments”.

I’ve seen it defined as anything from 1/16th of a second to 5 minutes.

What a “moment” is may be culturally defined. I now live in Colorado, were a moment fits Qadgop’s definition. As a child growing up in Louisiana “just a moment” meant “when and if I have the time and inclination”:rolleyes: Of course, another common phrase there is “the other day”. As in “I told you to do that the other day.” This can be yesterday or ten years ago, depending on the person using this phrase.