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Definitions of instant

  1. a very short time (as the time it takes to blink once); "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. demanding attention; "clamant needs"; "a crying need"; "regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous"- H.L.Mencken; "insistent hunger"; "an instant need" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. in or of the present month; "your letter of the 10th inst" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a particular point in time; "the moment he arrived the party began" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. occurring with no delay; "relief was instantaneous"; "instant gratification" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a very short time (as the time it takes the eye blink or the heart to beat); "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. Pressing; urgent; importunate; earnest. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Closely pressing or impending in respect to time; not deferred; immediate; without delay. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Present; current. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Instantly. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. A point in duration; a moment; a portion of time too short to be estimated; also, any particular moment. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A day of the present or current month; as, the sixth instant; - an elliptical expression equivalent to the sixth of the month instant, i. e., the current month. See Instant, a., 3. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Urgent, immediate; passing; of the present month; as, the tenth instant. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. A particular moment of time. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Pressing, urgent: immediate: quick: without delay: present, current, as the passing month. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. The present moment of time: any moment or point of time. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. Immediate; urgent. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. Moment of time. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. Immediately impending. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. Now passing; current. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. A point of time. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. A moment; second. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Pressing; urgent; making no delay; present; current, as on the 10th instant. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. A point in duration; a moment; a particular time. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. Immediate; present; without delay; urgent; current. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  26. A point in duration; a moment. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  27. A day of the present or current month; as, the sixth instant; -- an elliptical expression equivalent to the sixth of the month instant, i. e., the current month. See Instant, a., 3. mso.anu.edu.au
  28. in'stant, adj. pressing, urgent: immediate: quick: without delay: present, current, as the passing month.--n. the present moment of time: any moment or point of time.--n. INSTANTAN[=E]'ITY.--adj. INSTANT[=A]N'EOUS, done in an instant: momentary: occurring or acting at once: very quickly.--adv. INSTANT[=A]N'EOUSLY.--n. INSTANT[=A]N'EOUSNESS.--advs. INSTAN'TER, immediately; IN'STANTLY, on the instant or moment: immediately: (Shak.) at the same time: (B.) importunately, zealously. [L. instans, -antis, pr.p. of inst[=a]re--in, upon, st[=a]re, to stand.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  29. Urgent, pressing; (abbr. inst.) of the current month, as the 6th inst. (cf. PROXIMO, ULTIMO); immediate. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  30. Precise (esp. the present) point of time, moment, as come this i., I went that i.; I told you the i. (as soon as) I knew; short space of time, moment. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  31. n. A point in duration ; a moment; —a particular time ;—a day of the present or current month. Cabinet Dictionary
  32. Pressing, urgent; immediate, without any time intervening, present; quick, without delay. Complete Dictionary
  33. Instant is such a part of duration wherein we perceive no succession ; the present or current month. Complete Dictionary

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