momentarily (not comparable)
- (manner) In a momentary manner; for a moment or instant.
- (US, proscribed, duration) In a moment or very soon; any minute now, any time now.
- 1880, Wallace, Lew, chapter 3, in Ben-Hur, a Tale of the Christ:
- He told me, further, that the second coming was at hand--was looked for momentarily in Jerusalem.
- This plane will be landing at Idlewild Airport momentarily.
- Progressively; moment by moment.
Many speakers object to the use of momentarily in the sense of “in a moment” rather than “for a moment”, since this is inconsistent with the meaning of momentary; nonetheless, this use is quite common in North America, and is particularly associated with airlines, such as “we will be landing momentarily”. In place of momentarily, many speakers prefer the terms presently, soon or the phrase “in a moment”, for this sense of “in a moment”.
- (in a moment): presently, shortly, soon; see also Thesaurus:soon
- (for a moment): briefly, temporarily; see also Thesaurus:temporarily
- (moment by moment): incrementally, progressively, step by step; see also Thesaurus:gradually