• WordNet 3.6
    • adj transient of a mental act; causing effects outside the mind
    • adj transient lasting a very short time "the ephemeral joys of childhood","a passing fancy","youth's transient beauty","love is transitory but it is eternal","fugacious blossoms"
    • n transient (physics) a short-lived oscillation in a system caused by a sudden change of voltage or current or load
    • n transient one who stays for only a short time "transient laborers"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Transient Hasty; momentary; imperfect; brief; as, a transient view of a landscape.
    • Transient 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. "Measured this transient world."
    • Transient Staying for a short time; not regular or permanent; as, a transient guest; transient boarders. "What is loose love? A transient gust.""If [we love transitory things, which soon decay,
      Age must be loveliest at the latest day."
      "O fleeting joys
      Of Paradise, dear bought with lasting woes."
    • n Transient That which remains but for a brief time.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • transient Passing across, as from one thing or person to another; communicated.
    • transient Passing with time; of short duration; not permanent; not lasting or durable; temporary; as, a transient impression.
    • transient Hasty; momentary; passing: as, a transient glance of a landscape.
    • transient In music, intermediate—that is, serving as a connective, but unessential in itself: as, a transient chord, modulation, or note. Compare passing-note.
    • transient 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 transient One who or that which is temporary, passing, or not permanent.
    • n transient Specifically A transient gruest.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Transient tran′shent passing: of short duration: not lasting: momentary:
    • adj Transient tran′shent (mus.) intermediate
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Art is long, life short, judgment difficult, opportunity transient.”
  • Charles Baudelaire
    “Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.”
  • Konstantin Stanislavisky
    Konstantin Stanislavisky
    “Success is transient, evanescent. The real passion lies in the poignant acquisition of knowledge about all the shading and subtleties of the creative secrets.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. transiens, -entis, p. pr. of transire, transitum, to go or pass over. See Trance
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. transienstrans, across, īre, itum, to go.


In literature:

Cesarine, like all evil, was transient; Rebecca, like all good, everlasting.
"The Son of Clemenceau" by Alexandre (fils) Dumas
Mirth is short and transient, cheerfulness fixed and permanent.
"The Young Gentleman and Lady's Monitor, and English Teacher's Assistant" by John Hamilton Moore
The rushing mighty wind and the cloven tongues of fire, and the strange speech in many languages, were all equally transient.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
These things were only the transient, springtime adornments that passion puts forth.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
What gleams about her shine, More transient than delight and more divine!
"The Unknown Eros" by Coventry Patmore
As to which is persecutor and which is martyr is only a question of transient power.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 2 of 14" by Elbert Hubbard
A faint and transient smile came over his countenance at the sight of mine.
"The Glory of English Prose" by Stephen Coleridge
The bonds that united it to its fellows were of the most transient character.
"Psychology and Achievement" by Warren Hilton
So swiftly fleeting with the transient day Passes the flower of mortal life away.
"The Development of the Feeling for Nature in the Middle Ages and Modern Times" by Alfred Biese
At this precise instant, in short, the celebrated transient quitted the dining-room for the relaxations of his evening.
"V. V.'s Eyes" by Henry Sydnor Harrison

In poetry:

For, oh! when chill the sunbeams fall
Adown that dreary sky,
And gild yon dank and darkened wall
With transient brilliancy;
"The Bluebell" by Emily Jane Bronte
And if thy life as transient proved,
It hath been full as bright,
For thou wert hopeful and beloved;
Thy spirit knew no blight.
"To --------" by Anne Bronte
Since all the joy I've known,
And all the vows you made,
For ever now are flown,
As transient as a shade;
Oh! may thy fate as happy be
As that which seemed to shine on me.
"Song.—Since thou wilt banish me" by Louisa Stuart Costello
'Tis when (just waked from transient death
By some fresh zephyr's balmy breath)
Th' unfolding rose
Shed on the air its rich perfume, While every bus with deeper bloom
And beauty glows.
"Dawn" by Sydney Owenson
Can the sweet hopes love once cherished
Emma, can they transient prove?
What has passed away and perished—
Emma, say, can that be love?
That bright flame of heavenly birth—
Can it die like things of earth?
"To Emma" by Friedrich von Schiller
But I see the umber clouds that drive for the sun,
And a sorrow no argument ever can make away
Goes through my heart as I think of the nearing winter,
And the transient light that gleams like the ghost of May;
"Summer-Like" by George Orwell

In news:

The Sodium Pump Modulates the Influence of I Na on i Transients in Mouse Ventricular Myocytes.
Transient took $20 in bank robbery in Yelm , awaited arrest.
Burglary alarm helps nab 2 transients.
An additional advantage of transient systems is that they do not require selection antibiotics , which are expensive and have to be destroyed after a production run.
Transient took $20 in bank robbery in Yelm, awaited arrest.
Cops dressed up like transients.
Burglary alarm helps nab 2 transients.
There are simply too many of them and they are transient.
The EZ-MCP1 would be useful in any audio plant as protection against transients, no matter what type of compression or limiting may be downstream.
The results of the homeless survey may weigh heavily in the amount of non-profit dollars dedicated to serving our city's transient population.
Transient Electronics Could Dissolve Inside Your Body.
A transient who was shot by a Collier County sheriff's deputy last month was released from the hospital and arrested on Wednesday.
Transient accused of burning wife to death pleads not guilty.
DARPA's ' Transient Electronics' Will Disappear Anywhere.
In coming weeks, all residents in Mammoth will be receiving a letter from the Town of Mammoth Lakes notifying them of the existing codes as they relate to TOT, or Transient Occupancy Tax.

In science:

H for some growth function ft , then (R t 0 fs ds)−1/2 Yt converges (b) If Wt is weakly transient with G2 to a Gaussian field with covariance functional V H (ϕ, ψ).
Occupation Time Fluctuations in Branching Systems
Let Wt be transient of order γ with Rt ∼ t−γ J .
Occupation Time Fluctuations in Branching Systems
FIGURE 2. Effect of Fourier coefficient shrinkage on detectability of a transient.
Extensive Air Shower Radio Detection: Recent Results and Outlook
Bottom panel: time distribution of transients.
Extensive Air Shower Radio Detection: Recent Results and Outlook
Several means were used to characterize transients.
Extensive Air Shower Radio Detection: Recent Results and Outlook