What does instant mean?

Definitions for instant
ˈɪn stəntin·stant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blink of an eye, flash, heartbeat, instant, jiffy, split second, trice, twinkling, wink, New York minute(noun)

    a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)

    "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"

  2. moment, minute, second, instant(adj)

    a particular point in time

    "the moment he arrived the party began"

  3. instantaneous, instant(a)(adj)

    occurring with no delay

    "relief was instantaneous"; "instant gratification"

  4. instant, inst(adj)

    in or of the present month

    "your letter of the 10th inst"

  5. clamant, crying, exigent, insistent, instant(adj)

    demanding attention

    "clamant needs"; "a crying need"; "regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous"- H.L.Mencken; "insistent hunger"; "an instant need"

GCIDE

  1. Instant(n.)

    A point in time; a moment; a portion of time too short to be estimated; also, any particular moment; as, the situation may change in an instant.

    Etymology: [F. instant, fr. L. instans standing by, being near, present. See Instant, a.]

Webster Dictionary

  1. Instant(adj)

    pressing; urgent; importunate; earnest

    Etymology: [L. instans, -antis, p. pr. of instare to stand upon, to press upon; pref. in- in, on + stare to stand: cf. F. instant. See Stand.]

  2. Instant(adj)

    closely pressing or impending in respect to time; not deferred; immediate; without delay

    Etymology: [L. instans, -antis, p. pr. of instare to stand upon, to press upon; pref. in- in, on + stare to stand: cf. F. instant. See Stand.]

  3. Instant(adj)

    present; current

    Etymology: [L. instans, -antis, p. pr. of instare to stand upon, to press upon; pref. in- in, on + stare to stand: cf. F. instant. See Stand.]

  4. Instant(adverb)

    instantly

    Etymology: [L. instans, -antis, p. pr. of instare to stand upon, to press upon; pref. in- in, on + stare to stand: cf. F. instant. See Stand.]

  5. Instant(adj)

    a point in duration; a moment; a portion of time too short to be estimated; also, any particular moment

    Etymology: [L. instans, -antis, p. pr. of instare to stand upon, to press upon; pref. in- in, on + stare to stand: cf. F. instant. See Stand.]

  6. Instant(adj)

    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

    Etymology: [L. instans, -antis, p. pr. of instare to stand upon, to press upon; pref. in- in, on + stare to stand: cf. F. instant. See Stand.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Instant

    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. Instantanē′ity.—adj. Instantān′eous, done in an instant: momentary: occurring or acting at once: very quickly.—adv. Instantān′eously.—n. Instantān′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 instārein, upon, stāre, to stand.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'instant' in Adjectives Frequency: #925

How to pronounce instant?

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How to say instant in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of instant in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of instant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of instant in a Sentence

  1. Ramon Mata Gonzalez Jr:

    210809182019-The most difficult task, one has yet to face, besides death to their own flesh is; acknowledging, dying to and ultimately surrendering to what one, both, loves and hates more than anything in this world...their own worst enemy...themselves. Death is beautiful. However, Dying is the ugly part.-Ramon MGJr-211509182019 Think back for a second, a fear of sorts, that neither grips, nor taunts you. First jump(not dive) off the high dive. Now, think what is good, in you that you do best, only you can embrace it's passion, no longer. Like ripping a bandage off your hairy arm. Instant pain, relief, now freedom to harness what you no longer struggle to control. Self. Free, friend. Free indeed. Paz.

  2. Mark Fernandez:

    This launch represents the first step into the next frontier of space exploration—a mission to Mars, mars astronauts won’t have near-instant access to high performance computing like those in low-earth orbit do.

  3. Mark Pendergast:

    It's difficult in trenches to brew coffee, so having instant coffee was a big improvement.

  4. Greta Gustafson:

    A great tool for any chef to have on hand is the freeRed Cross First Aid App, this app puts instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies — including burns — at your fingertips.

  5. Carl DeHaven:

    Questions With our first breath we begin to wonder. It could be that our first wonderment was..."Where's Mama's tit?" What our last wondering thought be..an instant of our last breath..is answered within. For some of us our questions ask why we are the way we are. Our uniqueness prohibits answer to be other than our own. We may act similar in similar situations but why we do so is different. Any answer we get from outside ourselves comes from what others think. Some of our questions have answers we are not ready to understand. KnowyerLoved, CWD

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Translations for instant

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  • لَحْظةArabic
  • okamžik, moment, instantníCzech
  • øjeblikDanish
  • bevorstehend, hujus, instant, Augenblick, vorübergehend, augenblicklich, Moment, dringend, dieses Monats, fertig-, momentanGerman
  • στιγμήGreek
  • momentoEsperanto
  • instante, momentoSpanish
  • [[tämän]] [[kuun]], pikaruoka, pika-, pikakahvi, kiireellinen, välitön, hetki, hetkellinenFinnish
  • instant, instantanéFrench
  • mòmaid, grad, priobadhScottish Gaelic
  • רגעHebrew
  • pillanatHungarian
  • attimo, istante, immediatoItalian
  • 急ぎの, 切迫した, 瞬間, 瞬時の, その場で決めた, インスタントの, 火急の, インスタント, 差し迫った, 即席の, 即席, 今月, 緊急のJapanese
  • moment, onmiddelijk, ogenblikkelijk, dringend, kant-en-klaar, poosje, kortstondig, ogenblikDutch
  • instantânea, instante, instantâneoPortuguese
  • instantRomanian
  • мгнове́ние, безотлага́тельный, настоя́тельный, моме́нт, неме́дленный, теку́щий, раствори́мый, сро́чный, предстоя́щийRussian
  • omedelbar, ögonblick, ögonblickligSwedish
  • sasaSwahili
  • உடனடிTamil
  • an, hazırTurkish
  • فوریUrdu

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