- not lasting, enduring, or permanent; transitory.
- lasting only a short time; existing briefly; temporary: transient authority.
- staying only a short time: the transient guests at a hotel.
- Philosophy. transeunt.
- a person or thing that is transient, especially a temporary guest, boarder, laborer, or the like.
- a function that tends to zero as the independent variable tends to infinity.
- a solution, especially of a differential equation, having this property.
- a nonperiodic signal of short duration.
- a decaying signal, wave, or oscillation.
- Electricity. a sudden pulse of voltage or current.
Origin of transient
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- for a short time only; temporary or transitory
- philosophy a variant of transeunt
- a transient person or thing
- physics a brief change in the state of a system, such as a sudden short-lived oscillation in the current flowing through a circuit
Word Origin and History for non-transient
c.1600, from Latin transiens (accusative transientem) "passing over or away," present participle of transire "cross over, pass away," from trans- "across" (see trans-) + ire "to go" (see ion). The noun is first attested 1650s; specific sense of "transient guest or boarder" first recorded 1880.