[tran-sil-ee-uh nt, -sil-yuh nt]


leaping or passing from one thing or state to another.

Nearby words

  1. transient ischemic attack,
  2. transient modulation,
  3. transient synovitis,
  4. transiently,
  5. transignification,
  6. transilluminate,
  7. transistor,
  8. transistorize,
  9. transit,
  10. transit camp

Origin of transilient

1805–15; < Latin trānsilient- (stem of trānsiliēns), present participle of trānsilīre to leap across, equivalent to trāns- trans- + -sili- (combining form of salīre to leap) + -ent- -ent

Related formstran·sil·i·ence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for transilience



passing quickly from one thing to another
Derived Formstransilience, noun

Word Origin for transilient

C19: from Latin transilīre to jump over, from trans- + salīre to leap

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Medicine definitions for transilience


[trăn-sĭlyənt, -zĭl-]


Jumping across; passing over. Used especially of the cortical association fibers in the brain that pass between nonadjacent convolutions.

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