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Meaning of TRANSIENT

Pronunciation:  'transhunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (physics) a short-lived oscillation in a system caused by a sudden change of voltage or current or load
  2. [n]  one who stays for only a short time; "transient laborers"
  3. [adj]  (philosophy) of a mental act; causing effects outside the mind
  4. [adj]  enduring a very short time; "the ephemeral joys of childhood"; "a passing fancy"; "youth's transient beauty"; "love is transitory but at is eternal"; "fugacious blossoms"

TRANSIENT is a 9 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: ephemeral, fugacious, impermanent, passing, short-lived, temporary, transeunt, transitory
 Antonyms: immanent, subjective
 See Also: oscillation, traveler, traveller, vibration



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tran"sient\, a. [L. transiens, -entis, p. pr. of
    transire, transitum, to go or pass over. See {Trance}.]
    1. 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. ``Measured this
       transient world.'' --Milton.
    2. Hasty; momentary; imperfect; brief; as, a transient view
       of a landscape.
    3. Staying for a short time; not regular or permanent; as, a
       transient guest; transient boarders. [Colloq. U. S.]
    Syn: {Transient}, {Transitory}, {Fleeting}.
    Usage: Transient represents a thing as brief at the best;
           transitory, as liable at any moment to pass away.
           Fleeting goes further, and represents it as in the act
           of taking its flight. Life is transient; its joys are
           transitory; its hours are fleeting.
                 What is loose love? A transient gust. --Pope
                 If [we love] transitory things, which soon
                 decay, Age must be loveliest at the latest day.
                 O fleeting joys Of Paradise, dear bought with
                 lasting woes.                     --Milton.
           -- {Tran"sient*ly}, adv. -- {Tran"sient*ness}, n.
  2. \Tran"sient\, n.
    That which remains but for a brief time. --Glanvill.
Computing Dictionary

1. A sudden, brief increase in current or voltage in a circuit that can damage sensitive components and instruments.

2. A software object with a short and limited lifetime which is not saved for later reuse.