- 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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Examples from the Web for transient
HPV is so transient because no form of safe sex is fool proof.The Silent Shame of HPV
August 29, 2014
Because my upbringing was so transient, New York ended up being my home.Meet the Red Viper: Pedro Pascal on Game of Thrones’ Kinky, Bisexual Hellraiser
March 26, 2014
Presidential power is surprisingly personal, contingent, and transient, not just institutional and consistent.Obama and Syria: Fighting the Wimp Factor
September 18, 2013
Los Angeles police have described Campbell as a transient who has lived in the city for only a short period.The Venice Beach Menace’s Troubled Past
Christine Pelisek, Barbie Latza Nadeau
August 6, 2013
In this case “transient” is attached, because most patients with this disorder make a full recovery after a period of time.Transient Global Amnesia: What Total Memory Loss Is Like
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD
July 28, 2013
Calmness is imperative: to be as motionless as transient beings can.Initiation into Philosophy
They got exactly what the transient may expect in any country.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
The lines of camp-fires begin to gleam from the transient Bedouin villages.Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land
Henry Van Dyke
"I will not make the most of it, Mr. Eld," the old man said, with a transient smile.Aunt Rachel
David Christie Murray
The emotion of grief is real with them, I believe, but transient.Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled
- 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 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.