Consider the following sentence:

" the cloud computing is becoming popular among businesses"

Question: Can we replace "becoming popular" with "gaining momentum", so it would be:

" the cloud computing is gaining momentum among businesses"

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    It's not a very good metaphoric usage, because abstract concepts like "cloud computing" don't actually move in any meaningful way. It works a bit better if you refer more explicitly to [an increase in] the rate of uptake - for example, Use of cloud computing is gaining momentum. Or you could use gaining traction, a more credible metaphoric allusion to establishing a foothold [in a competitive market, for example]. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Aug 14 '16 at 12:23
  • No, the two phrases do not mean the same thing. – Alan Carmack Oct 14 '16 at 2:54

You can, as it is constantly growing. However, gaining momentum in the literal sense means to acquire a constant rate of speed over time; the example given is more so a reference to the literal definition.

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becoming popular simply means that something was not popular and now it is more popular. it doesn't say anything about the rate at which it is changing.

Imagine a snowball rolling down a snowy hill: as it rolls, it picks up more snow and gets bigger. As it gets bigger, it rolls faster and faster. As it goes faster and faster, it picks up more and more snow... That's gaining momentum.

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