- 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 transiently
But once—that transiently—yet sufficient to convince me that she is charming.A Bold Stroke for a Husband
I could manifest myself as palely, as transiently, as a thought.Famous Modern Ghost Stories
These not only survived him, but were destined, in the end, to overcome the power which had transiently overthrown them.History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)
John William Draper
He who read through her lustrous, transiently dwelling eyes had not that security.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete
They knew whose lips were there, and, for that moment, they did not recall the hands so transiently blest.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 4 (of 4)
- 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 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.