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Meaning of INSTANT

Pronunciation:  'instunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a particular point in time; "the moment he arrived the party began"
  2. [n]  a very short time (as the time it takes to blink once); "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"
  3. [adj]  demanding attention; "clamant needs"; "a crying need"; "regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous"- H.L.Mencken; "insistent hunger"; "an instant need"
  4. [adj]  in or of the present month; "your letter of the 10th inst"

INSTANT is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: blink of an eye, clamant, crying, exigent, flash, imperative, insistent, inst, jiffy, minute, moment, New York minute, present(a), second, split second, trice, twinkling, wink
 See Also: bit, climax, culmination, moment of truth, pinpoint, point, point in time, psychological moment, time



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In"stant\, a. [L. instans, -antis, p. pr. of instare to
    stand upon, to press upon; pref. in- in, on + stare to stand:
    cf. F. in?tant. See {Stand}.]
    1. Pressing; urgent; importunate; earnest.
             Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation;
             continuing instant in prayer.         --Rom. xii.
             I am beginning to be very instant for some sort of
             occupation.                           --Carlyle.
    2. Closely pressing or impending in respect to time; not
       deferred; immediate; without delay.
             Impending death is thine, and instant doom. --Prior.
    3. Present; current.
             The instant time is always the fittest time.
    Note: The word in this sense is now used only in dates, to
          indicate the current month; as, the tenth of July
  2. \In"stant\, adv.
    Instantly. [Poetic]
          Instant he flew with hospitable haste.   --Pope.
  3. \In"stant\, n. [F. instant, fr. L. instans standing by,
    being near, present. See {Instant}, a.]
    1. A point in duration; a moment; a portion of time too short
       to be estimated; also, any particular moment.
             There is scarce an instant between their flourishing
             and their not being.                  --Hooker.
    2. 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.
    Syn: Moment; flash; second.
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