What does instant mean?

Definitions for instant
ˈɪn stəntin·stant

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word instant.

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"


  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.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Instant(adj)

    pressing; urgent; importunate; earnest

  2. Instant(adj)

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

  3. Instant(adj)

    present; current

  4. Instant(adverb)


  5. Instant(adj)

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

  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

  7. Origin: [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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  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. Emily Farmer:

    We were instant friends.

  2. Milton Berle:

    Laughter is an instant vacation

  3. Carrie Fisher:

    Instant gratification takes too long.

  4. Meryl Streep:

    Instant gratification is not soon enough.

  5. Dominic Raab:

    It matters that we have an instant rebuttal.

Images & Illustrations of 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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