one who stays for only a short time
(physics) a short-lived oscillation in a system caused by a sudden change of voltage or current or load
of a mental act; causing effects outside the mind
ephemeral, passing, short-lived, transient, transitory, fugacious(adj)
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"
Passing or disappearing with time; transitory.
Remaining for only a brief time.
Decaying with time, especially exponentially.
having a positive probability of being left and never being visited again.
Occasional; isolated; one-off; individual.
Passing through; passing from one person to another.
Operating beyond itself; having an external effect.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Transient and transitory are both derived from the same original source (Latin trans, over, and eo, go), denoting that which quickly passes or is passing away, but there is between them a fine shade of difference. A thing is transient which in fact is not lasting; a thing is transitory which by its very nature must soon pass away; a thing is temporary (Latin tempus, time) which is intended to last or be made use of but a little while; as, a transient joy; this transitory life; a temporary chairman. Ephemeral (Greek epi, on, and hemera, day) literally lasting but for a day, often marks more strongly than transient exceeding brevity of duration; it agrees with transitory in denoting that its object is destined to pass away, but is stronger, as denoting not only its certain but its speedy extinction; thus that which is ephemeral is looked upon as at once slight and perishable, and the word carries often a suggestion of contempt; man's life is transitory, a butterfly's existence is ephemeral; with no solid qualities or worthy achievements a pretender may sometimes gain an ephemeral popularity. That which is fleeting is viewed as in the act of passing swiftly by, and that which is fugitive (Latin fugio, flee) as eluding attempts to detain it; that which is evanescent (Latin evanesco, from e, out, and vanus, empty, vain) as in the act of vanishing even while we gaze, as the hues of the sunset.
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How to use transient in a sentence?
Had we had cleaner lists, had we had not such a transient population, we would be focused more on the volunteer recruitment.
None has more frequent conversations with a disagreeable self than the man of pleasure; his enthusiasms are but few and transient; his appetites, like angry creditors, are continually making fruitless demands for what he is unable to pay; and the greater his former pleasures, the more strong his regret, the more impatient his expectations. A life of pleasure is, therefore, the most unpleasing life.
The so-called transient lunar phenomena have been known since the 1950s, but they have not been sufficiently systematically and long-term observed.
Success is transient, evanescent. The real passion lies in the poignant acquisition of knowledge about all the shading and subtleties of the creative secrets.
In our paper, we replicated experimentally in monkeys a situation that [was] similar to the 2009 influenza pandemic, where a new strain of influenza unexpectedly emerged and current vaccines offered little or no protection, we vaccinated the monkeys with the same antigens included in the inactivated vaccine that year, but then also added, via our DNA vaccine, the genetic code for conserved influenza antigens. When we challenged the monkeys with the 2009 pandemic strain of influenza, we saw significant protection in the group that got the vaccine. They experienced only a transient low infection that was quickly cleared, when compared to the group that didn’t get the vaccine.
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- vergänglich, kurzlebig, transientGerman
- παροδικός, παροδικήGreek
- transitorio, transeunte, trotamundoSpanish
- katoava, katoavainen, hetkellinen, ohimenevä, häipyvä, lyhytaikainenFinnish
- transitoire, éphémère, clodo, itinérant, sans-abri, provisoire, temporaire, clochard, bref, fugace, SDF, passagerFrench
- 一時的なもの, 儚い, 過渡現象, 一時的, 過渡, 精神の外部, 瞬間的, 渡り労働者, ホームレスJapanese
- tūao, rangitahiMāori
- eindig, vergankelijkDutch
- tranzient, trecător, efemer, tranzitoriuRomanian
- преходящий, скоротечный, кратковременный, временный, случайный, мимолётный, недолговечный, транзиторный, отдельныйRussian
- övergående, förgänglig, flyktig, kortvarigSwedish
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