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ˌɪn stənˈteɪ ni əsin·stan·ta·neous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. instantaneous, instant(a)adjective

    occurring with no delay

    "relief was instantaneous"; "instant gratification"


  1. instantaneousadjective

    Occurring, arising, or functioning without any delay; happening within an imperceptibly brief period of time.

  2. Etymology: 17th century

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Instantaneousadjective

    Done in an instant; acting at once without any perceptible succession; acting with the utmost speed; done with the utmost speed.

    Etymology: instantaneus, Latin.

    This manner of the beginning or ceasing of the deluge doth not at all agree with the instantaneous actions of creation and annihilation. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    The rapid radiance instantaneous strikes
    Th' illumin'd mountain. James Thomson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Instantaneousadjective

    done or occurring in an instant, or without any perceptible duration of time; as, the passage of electricity appears to be instantaneous

  2. Instantaneousadjective

    at or during a given instant; as, instantaneous acceleration, velocity, etc

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. instantan.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of instantaneous in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of instantaneous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of instantaneous in a Sentence

  1. Bill Watterson:

    Why waste time learning, when ignorance is instantaneous - Calvin

  2. Shelley MacDonell:

    Large platforms have collapsed in the past. What is not known if the collapses were gradual or instantaneous, like the ones we are seeing today.

  3. Christian Hauff:

    Traders in cash Treasuries are used to instantaneous completion, but to improve on paying the spread, they need to move towards intelligently working the order over a period of time.

  4. Dante Disparte:

    Increased clarity on a regulation pathway in Switzerland is key for the association's development and will help inform our conversations with regulators in other markets, the Libra coin is simply a proxy for an instantaneous payment system that is low friction and high trust.

  5. Christie Lunsford:

    Vaporized cannabis is a really significant trend in both medical and adult use, it's consistent, it's almost instantaneous, and it's appropriate for a wide variety of consumers.

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