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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"

Wiktionary

  1. transientnoun

    Something which is transient.

    Etymology: From stem of transiens, present participle of transeo

  2. transientnoun

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

    Etymology: From stem of transiens, present participle of transeo

  3. transientnoun

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

    Etymology: From stem of transiens, present participle of transeo

  4. transientnoun

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

    Etymology: From stem of transiens, present participle of transeo

  5. transientnoun

    An unhoused person

    Etymology: From stem of transiens, present participle of transeo

  6. transientadjective

    Passing or disappearing with time; transitory.

    Etymology: From stem of transiens, present participle of transeo

  7. transientadjective

    Remaining for only a brief time.

    Etymology: From stem of transiens, present participle of transeo

  8. transientadjective

    Decaying with time, especially exponentially.

    Etymology: From stem of transiens, present participle of transeo

  9. transientadjective

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

    Etymology: From stem of transiens, present participle of transeo

  10. transientadjective

    Occasional; isolated; one-off; individual.

    Etymology: From stem of transiens, present participle of transeo

  11. transientadjective

    Passing through; passing from one person to another.

    Etymology: From stem of transiens, present participle of transeo

  12. transientadjective

    Operating beyond itself; having an external effect.

    Etymology: From stem of transiens, present participle of transeo

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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Numerology

  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. Charles Baudelaire:

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

  2. EMEASOBA GEORGE:

    Everything here (on earth) is transient in nature i.e. everything is destined to last just for a short time. Now, that is why everything comes and goes. Oh! yes, nothing is constant and unchanging except change itself. Thus, never be carried away by luxuries of life. Moreover, never boast about vanities of life (your beauty, handsomeness, riches, money, wealth, assets, wisdom, insights, knowledge or stuff like that. For surely, you will sooner or later abandon or leave everything you've acquired behind someday. ~Emeasoba George

  3. Troy Olsson:

    Our partners in the VAPR program are developing a lot of structurally sound transient materials whose mechanical properties have exceeded our expectations.

  4. Stephen Jay Gould:

    “Speciation does not necessarily promote evolutionary change; rather, speciation 'gathers in' and guards evolutionary change by locking and stabilization for sufficient geological time within a Darwinian individual of the appropriate scale. If a change in a local population does not gain such protection, it becomes—to borrow Dawkins's metaphor at a macroevolutionary scale—a transient duststorm in the desert of time, a passing cloud without borders, integrity, or even the capacity to act as a unit of selection, in the panorama of life's phylogeny.”

  5. Stephanie Faubion:

    We used to think of hot flashes as transient and benign, but we're finding out now that they're neither.

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  • عابرArabic
  • 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
  • 短暫的Chinese

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