instantaneous

[ in-stuhn-tey-nee-uhs ]
/ ˌɪn stənˈteɪ ni əs /

adjective

occurring, done, or completed in an instant: an instantaneous response.
existing at or pertaining to a particular instant: the instantaneous position of the rocket.

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Origin of instantaneous

From the Medieval Latin word instantāneus, dating back to 1645–55. See instant, -an, -eous

OTHER WORDS FROM instantaneous

in·stan·ta·ne·i·ty [in-stan-tn-ee-i-tee, in-stuhn-tuh-nee-], /ɪnˌstæn tnˈi ɪ ti, ˌɪn stən təˈni-/, in·stan·ta·ne·ous·ness, nounin·stan·ta·ne·ous·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for instantaneous

instantaneous
/ (ˌɪnstənˈteɪnɪəs) /

adjective

occurring with almost no delay; immediate
happening or completed within a momentinstantaneous death
maths
  1. occurring at or associated with a particular instant
  2. equal to the limit of the average value of a given variable as the time interval over which the variable is considered approaches zeroinstantaneous velocity

Derived forms of instantaneous

instantaneously, adverbinstantaneousness or instantaneity (ɪnˌstæntəˈniːɪtɪ), noun
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