from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Passing with time; transitory: "the transient beauty of youth” ( Lydia M. Child).
- adj. Remaining in a place only a brief time: transient laborers.
- adj. Physics Decaying with time, especially as a simple exponential function of time.
- n. One that is transient, especially a hotel guest or boarder who stays for only a brief time.
- n. Physics A transient phenomenon or property, especially a transient electric current.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Passing or disappearing with time; transitory.
- adj. Remaining for only a brief time.
- adj. Decaying with time, especially exponentially.
- adj. having a positive probability of being left and never being visited again.
- adj. Occasional; isolated; one-off; individual.
- adj. Passing through; passing from one person to another.
- adj. Operating beyond itself; having an external effect.
- n. Something which is transient.
- n. A transient phenomenon, especially an electric current; a very brief surge.
- n. A relatively loud, non-repeating signal in an audio waveform which occurs very quickly, such as the attack of a snare drum.
- n. A person who passes through a place for a short time; a traveller; a migrant worker
- n. An unhoused person
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Passing before the sight or perception, or, as it were, moving over or across a space or scene viewed, and then disappearing; hence, of short duration; not permanent; not lasting or durable; not stationary; passing; fleeting; brief; transitory.
- adj. Hasty; momentary; imperfect; brief.
- adj. Staying for a short time; not regular or permanent.
- n. That which remains but for a brief time.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Passing across, as from one thing or person to another; communicated.
- Passing with time; of short duration; not permanent; not lasting or durable; temporary; as, a transient impression.
- Hasty; momentary; passing: as, a transient glance of a landscape.
- In music, intermediate—that is, serving as a connective, but unessential in itself: as, a transient chord, modulation, or note. Compare passing-note.
- SynonymsTransient, Transitory, Fleeting. Strictly, transient marks the fact that a thing soon passes or will soon pass away: as, a transient impression; a transient shadow. Transitory indicates that lack of permanence is in the nature of the thing; as, transitory pleasure; this transitory life. Fleeting is by figure a stronger word than transient, though in the same line of meaning. See list under transitory.
- n. One who or that which is temporary, passing, or not permanent.
- n. Specifically A transient gruest.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of a mental act; causing effects outside the mind
- adj. lasting a very short time
- n. (physics) a short-lived oscillation in a system caused by a sudden change of voltage or current or load
- n. one who stays for only a short time
Alteration of Latin trānsiēns, trānseunt-, present participle of trānsīre, to go over : trāns-, over; see trans- + īre, to go.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From stem of Latin transiens, present participle of transire ("to go over, to pass") (Wiktionary)