Definitions for Transientˈtræn ʃənt, -ʒənt, -zi ənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tran•sient*ˈtræn ʃənt, -ʒənt, -zi ənt(adj.)

  1. not lasting, enduring, or permanent; transitory.

  2. lasting only a short time; existing briefly; temporary:

    transient authority.

  3. staying only a short time:

    transient guests at a hotel.

  4. (n.)a person or thing that is transient, esp. a temporary guest, boarder, or laborer.

  5. Physics. a nonperiodic signal of short duration. a decaying signal, wave, or oscillation.

    Category: Physics

  6. a sudden pulse of voltage or current.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

* Syn: See temporary.

Origin of transient:

1590–1600; < L transi(ēns), prp. of transīre to cross, pass (see transit ) + -ent


Princeton's WordNet

  1. transient(noun)

    one who stays for only a short time

    "transient laborers"

  2. transient(adj)

    (physics) a short-lived oscillation in a system caused by a sudden change of voltage or current or load

  3. transeunt, transient(adj)

    of a mental act; causing effects outside the mind

  4. ephemeral, passing, short-lived, transient, transitory, fugacious(adj)

    lasting a very short time

    "the ephemeral joys of childhood"; "a passing fancy"; "youth's transient beauty"; "love is transitory but it is eternal"; "fugacious blossoms"


  1. transient(Noun)

    Something which is transient.

  2. transient(Noun)

    A transient phenomenon, especially an electric current; a very brief surge.

  3. transient(Noun)

    A relatively loud, non-repeating signal in an audio waveform which occurs very quickly, such as the attack of a snare drum.

  4. transient(Noun)

    A person who passes through a place for a short time; a traveller; a migrant worker

  5. transient(Noun)

    An unhoused person

  6. transient(Adjective)

    Passing or disappearing with time; transitory.

  7. transient(Adjective)

    Remaining for only a brief time.

  8. transient(Adjective)

    Decaying with time, especially exponentially.

  9. transient(Adjective)

    having a positive probability of being left and never being visited again.

  10. transient(Adjective)

    Occasional; isolated; one-off; individual.

  11. transient(Adjective)

    Passing through; passing from one person to another.

  12. transient(Adjective)

    Operating beyond itself; having an external effect.

  13. Origin: From stem of transiens, present participle of transeo

Webster Dictionary

  1. Transient(adj)

    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

  2. Transient(adj)

    hasty; momentary; imperfect; brief; as, a transient view of a landscape

  3. Transient(adj)

    staying for a short time; not regular or permanent; as, a transient guest; transient boarders

  4. Transient(noun)

    that which remains but for a brief time

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. transient

    1. Personnel, ships, or craft stopping temporarily at a post, station, or port to which they are not assigned or attached, and having destination elsewhere. 2. An independent merchant ship calling at a port and sailing within 12 hours, and for which routing instructions to a further port have been promulgated. 3. An individual awaiting orders, transport, etc., at a post or station to which he or she is not attached or assigned.

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