- 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.
Origin of transient
Examples from the Web for transiently
I saw him but transiently, as he passed; but his haggard countenance, and furious gestures, filled me with dismay.Memoirs of Emma Courtney|Mary Hays
I could manifest myself as palely, as transiently, as a thought.Famous Modern Ghost Stories|Various
Here a beam of the sun, long withheld, glanced through the clouds and transiently warmed "the marrying mamma."The Son of Clemenceau|Alexandre (fils) Dumas
But once—that transiently—yet sufficient to convince me that she is charming.A Bold Stroke for a Husband|Hannah Cowley
From the days of remotest history, and our world over, spirits have often been transiently visible and palpable by some mortals.
British Dictionary definitions for transiently
Word Origin for transient
Word Origin and History for transiently
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.