transient

[ tran-shuhnt, -zhuhnt, -zee-uhnt ]
/ ˈtræn ʃənt, -ʒənt, -zi ənt /

adjective

noun

Origin of transient

1590–1600; < Latin transi(ēns) (nominative singular), present participle of transīre to pass by, literally, go across + -ent; see transeunt

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British Dictionary definitions for transient

transient
/ (ˈtrænzɪənt) /

adjective

for a short time only; temporary or transitory
philosophy a variant of transeunt

noun

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 transient

transiently, 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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