Definition of Transient

1. Noun. One who stays for only a short time. "Transient laborers"

Generic synonyms: Traveler, Traveller

2. Adjective. Of a mental act; causing effects outside the mind.
Exact synonyms: Transeunt
Category relationships: Philosophy
Antonyms: Immanent

3. Noun. (physics) a short-lived oscillation in a system caused by a sudden change of voltage or current or load.
Category relationships: Natural Philosophy, Physics
Generic synonyms: Oscillation, Vibration

4. Adjective. Lasting a very short time. "Fugacious blossoms"

Definition of Transient

1. a. 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; as, transient pleasure.

2. n. That which remains but for a brief time.

Definition of Transient

1. Adjective. Passing or disappearing with time; transitory. ¹

2. Adjective. Remaining for only a brief time. ¹

3. Adjective. (physics) Decaying with time, especially exponentially. ¹

4. Adjective. (mathematics stochastic processes of a state) having a positive probability of being left and never being visited again. ¹

5. Adjective. Occasional; isolated; one-off; individual. ¹

6. Adjective. Passing through; passing from one person to another. ¹

7. Adjective. (philosophy) Operating beyond itself; having an external effect. ¹

8. Noun. Something which is transient. ¹

9. Noun. (physics) A transient phenomenon, especially an electric current; a very brief surge. ¹

10. Noun. (acoustics) A relatively loud, non-repeating signal in an audio waveform which occurs very quickly, such as the attack of a snare drum. ¹

11. Noun. A person who passes through a place for a short time; a traveller; a migrant worker ¹

12. Noun. An unhoused person ¹

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Definition of Transient

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Medical Definition of Transient

1. 1. Short-lived; passing; not permanent; said of a disease or an attack. 2. A short-lived cardiac sound having little duration (less than 0.12 second) as distinct from a murmur; e.g., first, second, third, and fourth heart sounds, clicks, and opening snaps. Origin: L. Transeo, pres. P. Transiens, to cross over (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Transient

transient (current term)
transient acantholytic dermatosis
transient albuminuria
transient global amnesia
transient ischaemic attack
transient ischemic attack
transient luminous events
transient retinopathy
transients and migrants

Literary usage of Transient

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1. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"Hypnosis a transient condition, insanity permanent. We shall return to the discussion of multiple personality under the general head of insanity, ..."

2. History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania and Its Centennial Celebration by Joseph Henderson Bausman (1904)
"A common transient spring and fall. 138. Dendroica castanea. ... A transient species, common in the spring, very abundant in the fall. 140. ..."

3. The Social Welfare Forum: Official Proceedings ... Annual Forum by National Conference on Social Welfare, American Social Science Association, Conference of Charities (U.S., Conference of Charities (U.S.), National Conference of Social Work (U.S. (1914)
"The Improvement of Rural Life Section, May 14, 9:00 AM THE transient ... This I think proper to refer to as the transient farm labor situation in the South. ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"In some individuals the taking of even 100 grms. leads to a transient glycosuria, while others can take 53°grms. or more and use it all. ..."

5. Pneumonia: Its Supposed Connection, Pathological and Etiological, with by René La Roche (1854)
"The attack is sometimes too sudden, and follows on too transient an exposure to infected regions, without appreciable atmospheric vicissitudes, ..."

6. Elementary Lectures on Electric Discharges, Waves and Impulses, and Other by Charles Proteus Steinmetz (1911)
"It is preferable, however, to estimate the duration of the transient by the ... That is, the duration of a transient is considered as the time T = - • r ..."

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