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Definitions for transient
ˈtræn ʃənt, -ʒənt, -zi ənttran·sient

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

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Transient

    tran′shent, adj. passing: of short duration: not lasting: momentary: (mus.) intermediate.—ns. Tran′sience, Tran′siency, transientness.—adv. Tran′siently.—n. Tran′sientness. [L. transienstrans, across, īre, itum, to go.]

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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Anagrams for transient »

  1. instanter

  2. intranets

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of transient in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of transient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of transient in a Sentence

  1. Robinson Jeffers:

    Civilization is a transient sickness.

  2. S. Weinstein:

    The chalk marks are transient, the formulas eternal.

  3. Johann von Goethe:

    Art is long, life short judgment difficult, opportunity transient.

  4. H.L. Mencken:

    A home is not a mere transient shelter its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it.

  5. H. L. Mencken:

    A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it.

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  • vergänglich, kurzlebig, transientGerman
  • παροδικός, παροδικήGreek
  • transitorio, transeunte, trotamundoSpanish
  • گذراPersian
  • katoava, katoavainen, hetkellinen, ohimenevä, häipyvä, lyhytaikainenFinnish
  • transitoire, éphémère, clodo, itinérant, sans-abri, provisoire, temporaire, clochard, bref, fugace, SDF, passagerFrench
  • חולףHebrew
  • transitorioItalian
  • 一時的なもの, 儚い, 過渡現象, 一時的, 過渡, 精神の外部, 瞬間的, 渡り労働者, ホームレスJapanese
  • tūao, rangitahiMāori
  • eindig, vergankelijkDutch
  • transitórioPortuguese
  • tranzient, trecător, efemer, tranzitoriuRomanian
  • преходящий, скоротечный, кратковременный, временный, случайный, мимолётный, недолговечный, транзиторный, отдельныйRussian
  • övergående, förgänglig, flyktig, kortvarigSwedish
  • நிலையற்றTamil

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