[ tran-shuhnt, -zhuhnt, -zee-uhnt ]
/ ˈtræn ʃənt, -ʒənt, -zi ənt /
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.
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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Origin of transient
ANTONYMS FOR transient
OTHER WORDS FROM transient
tran·sient·ly, adverbtran·sient·ness, nounnon·tran·sient, adjectivenon·tran·sient·ly, adverb
non·tran·sient·ness, nounun·tran·sient, adjectiveun·tran·sient·ly, adverbun·tran·sient·ness, noun
Words nearby transient
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British Dictionary definitions for non-transient
/ (ˈtrænzɪənt) /
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
Derived forms of transienttransiently, adverbtransience or transiency, noun
Word Origin for transient
C17: from Latin transiēns going over, from transīre to pass over, from trans- + īre to go
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