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The product of a quantity times a distance.
[L. momentum (for movimentum), motion, moment, fr. moveo, to move]


The result of a force's acting on an object at a distance from its axis, usually resulting in rotation of the object.
[L. momentum (for movimentum), motion, moment, fr. moveo, to move]


turning effect of a force about a perpendicular axis (calculated as the magnitude of the force × moment arm of the force)


1. the force exerted by a lever about a fulcrum.
2. statistically, the mean. The first moment is the same as the mean, the second moment is the mean of the square of a variable, and so on.

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Q. can one prevent asthma attack from happening from the moment he/she feels breathless???

A. If the patient feels breathless, than it's no longer preventing the attack but rather treating it. Prompt treatment of asthma attacks is very important and achieved mainly with bronchodilators (medications taken through inhalation), mainly short-acting beta agonists. More advanced treatments is usually given by medical professional as deemed needed.

Preventing asthma attacks is achieved through better control of the disease (with drugs such as inhaled steroids) and through avoidance of triggers such as infections of the lung (vaccinations etc.), avoidance of chemical irritants, pet allergens, cold, dry air etc.

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Q. Depression related. How can one prevent another from acting in the heat of the moment? I've known a friend who has struggled with personal depression most of his life, and every once in a while it really gets to him (yesterday, for example). Usually he can try to brush it off by occupying himself with something else, but other times he can't, and ends up seriously considering things that he normally wouldn't; suicide being the most serious. I talked to him today, and he told me he felt fine, but I'm concerned that one day he might actually act on his feelings.

A. My suggestion is to keep frequent contact with your friend and keep them talking and sharing their problems and worries. Someone who may often think about suicide should not be left alone if that is possible, especially when there are those really dark days.

Someone needs to followup and make sure they take their medication. Its so easy to lapse on that. My wife keeps up with me, but sometimes, we both miss it. I have resorted to programming the appoinment calendar on my cell phone PDA to alert me twice a day at medicine time. That only works if I remember to turn the phone on.
My doctor provided me with additioanl medication for those bad days which really works. It usually makes me sleepy and soon I forget about the whole thing that seemed to be bothering me. Thise bad days pass and soon all is back on track. Its just soemthing I have learned to live with for many many years. There's not going to be a cure for me. I just do the best I can and let the chips fall where they may.

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Depite bright and shiny performance, not for one moment would I suggest throwing this car around.
And not for one moment did it seem that any of the player would have rather relaxed inside the dressing room as they all shouted and cheered each other on during the various fielding drills.
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But in all the struggles that followed, we never, not for one moment, bore bitterness or hatred for the person who actually pulled the trigger and caused my father's death," she wrote.
They are loved by the lads and lasses who look after them, the owners want what is best for them, the trainers do whatever they can for them and anyone who has witnessed a horse being killed on a racecourse and experienced the distress it causes to those associated with the horse could not for one moment see the horse as a disposable item.
I think we made a reasonably good impression and that we never panicked, not for one moment.
Frank Yglesias CEO stated, "Even though with this agreement we exceed our 200 store goal, I'm raising the bar to close the year-end with 300 stores, we must not for one moment take our feet of the accelerator.
Even, industrialization in West Bengal was a vision for development, Bhattacharya said, adding that not for one moment, the interests of the farmers were overlooked.
Not for one moment does he come across as an Egyptian.
Not for one moment have we thought about going back to the UK," he said.
Not for one moment is it being suggested that the other previous recipients were any less.
Not for one moment do I consider any one of the people on the list guilty with respect to this incident.