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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. transientnoun

    one who stays for only a short time

    "transient laborers"

  2. transientadjective

    (physics) a short-lived oscillation in a system caused by a sudden change of voltage or current or load

  3. transeunt, transientadjective

    of a mental act; causing effects outside the mind

  4. ephemeral, passing, short-lived, transient, transitory, fugaciousadjective

    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. transientnoun

    Something which is transient.

  2. transientnoun

    A transient phenomenon, especially an electric current; a very brief surge.

  3. transientnoun

    A relatively loud, non-repeating signal in an audio waveform which occurs very quickly, such as the attack of a snare drum.

  4. transientnoun

    A person who passes through a place for a short time; a traveller; a migrant worker

  5. transientnoun

    An unhoused person

  6. transientadjective

    Passing or disappearing with time; transitory.

  7. transientadjective

    Remaining for only a brief time.

  8. transientadjective

    Decaying with time, especially exponentially.

  9. transientadjective

    having a positive probability of being left and never being visited again.

  10. transientadjective

    Occasional; isolated; one-off; individual.

  11. transientadjective

    Passing through; passing from one person to another.

  12. transientadjective

    Operating beyond itself; having an external effect.

  13. Etymology: From stem of transiens, present participle of transeo

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. TRANSIENTadjective

    Soon past; soon passing; short; momentary; not lasting; not durable.

    Etymology: transiens, Lat.

    How soon hath thy prediction, seer blest!
    Measur’d this transient world, the race of time,
    Till time stand fix’d. John Milton.

    He that rides post through a country, may, from the transient view, tell how in general the parts lie. John Locke.

    Love hitherto a transient guest,
    Ne’er held possession in his breast. Jonathan Swift.

    What is loose love? a transient gust,
    A vapour fed from wild desire. Alexander Pope.


  1. transient

    Transient refers to something that lasts for only a short period of time, is temporary or has a brief existence before eventually disappearing or changing. The term can be used in various contexts such as physics, mathematics, technology, and more to describe a phenomenon or state that is fleeting or not permanent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Transientadjective

    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. Transientadjective

    hasty; momentary; imperfect; brief; as, a transient view of a landscape

  3. Transientadjective

    staying for a short time; not regular or permanent; as, a transient guest; transient boarders

  4. Transientnoun

    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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  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. Albert Watkins:

    Mr. Chansley is diagnosed with mental health vulnerabilities, including transient schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression exacerbated by socio stressors.

  2. Joseph Addison:

    Laughter, while it lasts, slackens and unbraces the mind, weakens the faculties and causes a kind of remissness and dissolution in all the powers of the soul; and thus it may be looked on as weakness in the composition of human nature. But if we consider the frequent reliefs we receive from it and how often it breaks the gloom which is apt to depress the mind and damp our spirits, with transient, unexpected gleams of joy, one would take care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life.

  3. Ryan Navales:

    Skid Row has become less transient, the history of skid row goes back to a transient neighborhood associated with the railroad. The true definition of transient is short term. Now it's long term. It's become a neighborhood.

  4. Stephanie Faubion:

    Women who are having a rough time during menopause with lots of hot flashes need to say,' You know what -- could this be a little more than just a nuisance ?' we used to think of hot flashes as transient and benign, but we're finding out now that they're neither.

  5. Charles Baudelaire:

    Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.

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  • عابرArabic
  • vergänglich, kurzlebig, transientGerman
  • παροδική, παροδικόςGreek
  • transeunte, trotamundo, transitorioSpanish
  • گذراPersian
  • ohimenevä, lyhytaikainen, katoavainen, katoava, häipyvä, hetkellinenFinnish
  • bref, clochard, sans-abri, temporaire, provisoire, fugace, transitoire, éphémère, clodo, itinérant, SDF, passagerFrench
  • חולףHebrew
  • transitorioItalian
  • ホームレス, 瞬間的, 一時的なもの, 儚い, 過渡現象, 一時的, 過渡, 渡り労働者, 精神の外部Japanese
  • tūao, rangitahiMāori
  • eindig, vergankelijkDutch
  • transitórioPortuguese
  • tranzitoriu, efemer, trecător, tranzientRomanian
  • мимолётный, транзиторный, преходящий, случайный, отдельный, недолговечный, временный, скоротечный, кратковременныйRussian
  • kortvarig, övergående, förgänglig, flyktigSwedish
  • நிலையற்றTamil
  • 短暫的Chinese

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    The newsman said, "The Orcas seen in the Harbor are believed to be transient
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