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



Nearby words

  1. transhiatal esophagectomy,
  2. tranship,
  3. transhumance,
  4. transhumanism,
  5. transience,
  6. transient acantholytic dermatosis,
  7. transient hypogammaglobulinemia of infancy,
  8. transient ischemic attack,
  9. transient modulation,
  10. transient synovitis

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


/ (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 Formstransiently, 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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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.

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