a point in time, event, or experience when one has a sudden insight or realization:
My aha moment was when I put on my shorts from last summer and they didn’t fit.
And in this aha moment, she explains in ways we all can understand what it must feel like to be transgendered.
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Was there an “aha moment” when that balance clicked into place?
Grant Heslov Is the Robin to George Clooney’s Batman Andrew Romano February 6, 2014
“It was an aha moment for me and motivated the research,” Lee said.
The Gubernatorial Glass Ceiling—and What It Means for Hillary Clinton Eleanor Clift June 4, 2014
“aha moment” is quite old—our earliest citation is from a 1939 psychology text—but it was used only sporadically for a long time.
New Words Added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary: ‘Man Cave,’ ‘Sexting,’ and More Kory L. Stamper August 13, 2012
an instant at which the solution to a problem becomes clear
a sudden understanding, recognition, or resolution; also called [aha reaction]
Once she had that aha moment, she knew how to proceed.
- Aha reaction
noun See aha moment
a king of Israel and husband of Jezebel, reigned 874?–853? b.c. I Kings 16–22. captain of the ship Pequod and tragic hero of Melville’s Moby Dick, obsessed with the pursuit of the white whale. Contemporary Examples GOP politicians on both the state and federal level attack legal abortion with an obsession rivaling Captain Ahab. The […]
- Ahab, captain
ahab, captain Ahab, Captain [(ay-hab)] The captain of the ship the Pequod in Moby Dick. Ahab is obsessed with the capture of the great white whale, Moby Dick.
- Ahad haam
pen name of Asher Ginzberg. Asher [ash-er] /ˈæʃ ər/ (Show IPA), (Achad Ha-Am; Ahad Ha-am) 1856–1927, Hebrew philosophical writer and editor, born in Russia.