- 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.
- transhiatal esophagectomy,
- transient acantholytic dermatosis,
- transient hypogammaglobulinemia of infancy,
- transient ischemic attack,
- transient modulation,
- transient synovitis
Origin of transient
Examples from the Web for transient
HPV is so transient because no form of safe sex is fool proof.
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|Marlow Stern|March 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Presidential power is surprisingly personal, contingent, and transient, not just institutional and consistent.
Los Angeles police have described Campbell as a transient who has lived in the city for only a short period.
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|DAILY BEAST
But transient indeed were their expectations of succour and assistance.The Highlands of Ethiopia|William Cornwallis Harris
The transient usually returns to Europe, but the landowner remains.Our Foreigners|Samuel P. Orth
E is due to transient induction in horizontal soft iron unsymmetrically placed with regard to the compass.
During the last few years there have been 25 regular fishermen and perhaps 12 transient.A Report upon the Mollusk Fisheries of Massachusetts|Commissioners on Fisheries and Game
It is to the most interesting of these "transient phantoms" that I wish to draw attention.Some Diversions of a Man of Letters|Edmund William Gosse
Word Origin 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.