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

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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. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders:

    There is a wide consensus, overwhelming majority of the American people believe we should expand and strengthen the instant background checks, i think that's what the president is trying to do and I think that will be the right thing to do.

  2. Amanda Phillips:

    From there, it was almost an instant thing, she's doing really good.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    It is time for an instant introspection for a husband whose wife praises him on their fifth or later wedding anniversary by saying that her dream has come true by getting him in her life.

  4. Mike DelPrete:

    If Zillow is able to count each of those people as a customer, they'll win, and for those people, some of them want an instant sale, some are kicking the tires, some want to sell the traditional way. It's like going to their kitchen table and saying,' What do you want ? To list your house, do an instant offer, get a broker ? It's empowering consumers.

  5. Facebook Inc:

    Instant Articles lets them deliver fast, interactive articles while maintaining control of their content and business models.

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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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