• WordNet 3.6
    • n transitoriness an impermanence that suggests the inevitability of ending or dying
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Transitoriness The quality or state of being transitory; speedy passage or departure.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n transitoriness The state of being transitory; short continuance; evanescence; transientness.
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  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Commerce flourishes by circumstances, precarious, transitory, contingent, almost as the winds and waves that bring it to our shores.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.”


In literature:

Much art that is weak, transitory, and rude may thus become helpful to us.
"On the Old Road, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by John Ruskin
In those days such an occurrence had but a very transitory effect.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
Still I was not the man to be overcome by childish panics; so I soon got over this transitory feeling of alarm.
"French and Oriental Love in a Harem" by Mario Uchard
That was only a transitory sight.
"Gathering Jewels" by James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
But all that is transitory.
"Good Old Anna" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
Yet, not all this weariness, not all these transitory lines of pain, took away one jot of her beauty.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
These gusts were too transitory to carry a sand storm.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
In this belief, forms are but transitory, the universe an illusion forever flowing into an unending future.
"Chinese Painters" by Raphael Petrucci
It was superficial and transitory.
"Personality in Literature" by Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
But it is to some extent a transitory difficulty.
"Impressions of South Africa" by James Bryce
Our doubts were few and transitory as cloud shadows, our hopes had the wings of eagles.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
The truth is that, in translated as in original literature the permanent and the transitory elements are often oddly mingled.
"Early Theories of Translation" by Flora Ross Amos
The transitory character of worldly wealth was next contrasted with the enduring riches of eternity.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
Now I can truly see how little and transitory is life.
"The Biglow Papers" by James Russell Lowell
Transitory: lasting for a short time only.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
It insures the reign of transitory passion, the triumph of the inferior will.
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner
So the Viking discoveries in these cold and inhospitable regions were but transitory.
"A Book of Discovery" by Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
Art, besides, only aims at verisimilitude; but verisimilitude depends on the observer, and is a relative and transitory thing.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
For some time he could not believe that his imprisonment was to be more than transitory.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
We know that in that poor little brain impressions are very transitory.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet

In poetry:

And are those transitory hours,
So sweet to my remembrance, gone?
Sunk in the deep abyss of time,
Beyond the reach of fancy flown?
"Retired Hours" by Maria Frances Cecilia Cowper
Yet no ! not dim--its lucid rays
Still triumph o'er the mists of sorrow ;
They leave these transitory days
And rest upon a distant Morrow.
"Glances Back" by Laura Sophia Temple
All my past life is mine no more, The flying hours are gone,
Like transitory dreams giv'n o'er,
Whose images are kept in store
By memory alone.
"Love and Life" by Lord John Wilmot
The fresh—pruned vine—stems, curving, bend
Over the peaceful wheaten spears,
And with the glittering sunshine blend
Their transitory April tears.
"Florence" by Alfred Austin
Far in strange gay skies
She pales and dies,
Forgetting that bright transitory
Reflection of astonished glory,
Nor heeds the spirits that follow
Her into day's bright hollow.
"The Wanderer" by John Freeman
The love of a man is transitory.--
What do you know of his past? the years
He gave to another his manhood's glory?--
The love of a man is transitory.
Listen to me now: open your ears.
"The Other Woman" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Located near the halfway point between Los Angeles and Phoenix, alongside a steady stream of speeding cars on the I-10 freeway, America's southernmost intercontinental highway, the Coachella Valley has always been transitory place.
The economic argument for this new concept of inflation was that it avoided transitory elements driving the inflation rate.
Trends, fads, and other promotional scams: I read somewhere that "fads are transitory customs or objects widely adopted by the public with great enthusiasm".
So what if those picky lib 'ruls at CNN and ABC took advantage of our transitory problems to make us a national laughingstock.
US forces are repositioning overseas forces, opting for smaller, transitory bases in places like Kyrgyzstan.
Media obsessions over sex scandals are frequent and transitory .
Food & Drink / Food Chain A simple transitory pleasure.
Media's obsessions with sex scandals are frequent , transitory.
Memory is a precious thing, and film allows us to capture moments that would otherwise be transitory.
Could that be more than the "transitory" phenomenon that Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, called it at his news conference this week.
Team members worried that the positive changes were "potentially transitory," and they identified several commission standards that weren't being met.
So what if those picky lib'ruls at CNN and ABC took advantage of our transitory problems to make us a national laughingstock.
Slander is defined as a false statement made in a transitory form, most often in speech.
As with a one-night stand , they are confusing transitory pleasure with true love.

In science:

The plateau for the highest p values in the transitory histograms simply reflects the initial uniform distribution of site strengths.
Percolation-dependent Reaction Rates in the Etching of Disordered Solids
We generalize partition diagrams by allowing two additional vertex types: semiopeners and semi-transitories.
A generating tree approach to k-nonnesting partitions and permutations
Suppose a diagram has m semi-arcs (coming from either semi-opener or semi-transitory vertices).
A generating tree approach to k-nonnesting partitions and permutations
Now consider a child of this diagram where the added vertex 12 is a closer or semi-transitory.
A generating tree approach to k-nonnesting partitions and permutations
Sgr A∗ , thought to be associated with the central black hole, will help to determine whether the circumnuclear accretion disk is transitory or stable.
Millimetre Science with the Upgraded Australia Telescope
The sample transitory variance is calculated as the square of two-year changes in excess log income.
Changes in the Distribution of Income Volatility
Weighted averages for these groups are presented in each year for which data is available for permanent variance (left panel) and transitory variance (right panel).
Changes in the Distribution of Income Volatility
These posteriors of the permanent variance and transitory variance are calculated for each individual in each year, as described in Section 3.3.
Changes in the Distribution of Income Volatility
The top panel presents results for the permanent variance; the bottom panel presents results for the transitory variance.
Changes in the Distribution of Income Volatility
The top panel presents results for the permanent variance; the bottom panel presents results for the transitory variance.
Changes in the Distribution of Income Volatility
Note that this is the stage at which we use measurement error (eee) as distinct from transitory shocks.
Changes in the Distribution of Income Volatility
The αP > 1 intercept of the Pomeron must therefore be a transitory description of the forward elastic scattering amplitude.
Theoretical Perspectives: XLIII Rencontres de Moriond - QCD
The resulting light curve shows no short transitory feature but a smooth transition instead, con firming lower resolution results from , as can be seen from fig. 1.
From blast wave to observation
This late onset of the pairing phase transition results in a transitory period of accelerated cooling.
Pairing and the Cooling of Neutron Stars
The results tell us the following: (1) After passing through a transitory relaxation, the system turns quickly into a steady-state; (2) There are two types of steady-states, the locked state (Fig.1(a)-(c)) and the running state (Fig.1(d)-(e)).
Driven Dynamics: A Probable Photodriven Frenkel-Kontorova Model