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Definitions of transient

  1. (physics) a short-lived oscillation in a system caused by a sudden change of voltage or current or load Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Transience, transiency. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. TRANSIENTNESS. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. Transientness, transience. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. TRANSIENTLY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. (philosophy) of a mental act; causing effects outside the mind Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. Passing before the sight or perception, or, as it were, moving over or across a space or scene viewed, and then disappearing; hence, of short duration; not permanent; not lasting or durable; not stationary; passing; fleeting; brief; transitory; as, transient pleasure. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Hasty; momentary; imperfect; brief; as, a transient view of a landscape. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Staying for a short time; not regular or permanent; as, a transient guest; transient boarders. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Fleeting; brief; passing; temporary, as lodgers. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Passing: of short duration: not lasting: mementary. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Passing; not abiding. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. Lasting but a short time; evanescent; brief; hasty. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for transient

  1. When our life is a continuous trial, the moments of respite seem only to substitute the heaviness of dread for the heaviness of actual suffering: the curtain of cloud seems parted an instant only that we may measure all its horror as it hangs low, black, and imminent, in contrast with the transient brightness; the water drops that visit the parched lips in the desert bear with them only the keen imagination of thirst. – Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot
  2. A soul- such as hers- must rise freed from transient torment. – The Higher Court by Mary Stewart Daggett
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