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Webster 1913 Edition


Transient

Tran′sient

,
Adj.
[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.]
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.
Donne.
O
fleeting
joys
Of Paradise, dear bought with lasting woes.
Milton.
Tran′sient-ly
(#)
,
adv.
Tran′sient-ness
,
Noun.

Tran′sient

,
Noun.
That which remains but for a brief time.
Glanvill.

Webster 1828 Edition


Transient

TRANSIENT

,
Adj.
tran'shent. [L. transiens, transeo; trans and eo.]
1.
Passing; not stationary; hence, of short duration; not permanent; not lasting or durable. How transient are the pleasures of this life!
--Measur'd this transient world.
2.
Hasty; momentary; imperfect; as a transient view of a landscape.
Transient person, a person that is passing or traveling through a place; one without a settled habitation.

Definition 2023


transient

transient

English

Adjective

transient (comparative more transient, superlative most transient)

  1. Passing or disappearing with time; transitory.
    a transient pleasure
    • Milton
      this transient world
  2. Remaining for only a brief time.
    a transient view of a landscape
  3. (physics) Decaying with time, especially exponentially.
  4. (mathematics, stochastic processes, of a state) having a positive probability of being left and never being visited again.
  5. Occasional; isolated; one-off; individual.
  6. Passing through; passing from one person to another.
  7. (philosophy) Operating beyond itself; having an external effect.

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Noun

transient (plural transients)

  1. Something which is transient.
  2. (physics) A transient phenomenon, especially an electric current; a very brief surge.
  3. (acoustics) A relatively loud, non-repeating signal in an audio waveform which occurs very quickly, such as the attack of a snare drum.
  4. A person who passes through a place for a short time; a traveller; a migrant worker
    • 1996, Janette Turner Hospital, Oyster, Virago Press, paperback edition, page 3
      Then, within the space of a few months, there were more transients than there were locals, and the imbalance seemed morally wrong.
  5. An unhoused person

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