Can someone help me with something I suddenly keep running across, but seem to find no clear answer to?
I note that these words are neuter, not masculine. LEO gives das Moment the meaning momentum in English. To my understanding, this is a very dynamic word. In physics it is the product of the mass and velocity of an object.
p (momentum) = m (mass) x v (velocity).
This relates very closely to the word Wucht in German, if I'm not mistaken. It implies both weight and movement. A physical object that "has much momentum" is something that is harder to stop, i.e. it takes more resistance to stop it, than an object that "has less momentum".
I keep finding usages of Gestaltungsmoment that are somewhat vaguely translated; as a result, I can't seem to get a good grasp of its correct meaning. The way I see it, it should mean something like, for instance a design feature with impact, a form that has impact, a striking feature.. Or perhaps an impetus, a force that leads to form? This seems to be one of those kind "big" words that architects, art critics, and so forth enjoy throwing around with little intent for readers and listeners to truly understand them. And perhaps some of these people don't even understand them themselves... Just my suspicion;-)
By the same token, I'd like to infer that ein Verdactsmoment refers to a striking or powerful fact, event or feature that leads one to suspect, for instance, a piece of evidence with such weight (or in German perhaps Wucht)) that it is capable of swaying one's, a jury's, a judge's, etc. opinion to a suspicion of guilt..
Am I correct that these words, being neuter and not masculine as in der Moment, correspond more closely to English momentum rather than to the common usage (outside of scientific language) of English moment in the sense of an instant in time or similarly to German Augenblick?
If you can enlighten me and perhaps others, please do so. And if you can cite other words ending in -Moment, (das) along with their meanings, that would be most edifying, too.;-)
Vielen Dank im Voraus...