[tran-shuhnt, -zhuhnt, -zee-uhnt]
- 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.
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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 for transient
C17: from Latin transiēns going over, from transīre to pass over, from trans- + īre to go
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