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Adjective: transient  tran-zee-unt or tran-shunt [N. Amer], tran-zee-unt [Brit]
  1. (philosophy) of a mental act; causing effects outside the mind
    - transeunt
     
  2. Lasting a very short time
    "youth's transient beauty";
    - ephemeral, passing, short-lived, transitory, fugacious, here today gone tomorrow, here today and gone tomorrow
Noun: transient  tran-zee-unt or tran-shunt [N. Amer], tran-zee-unt [Brit]
  1. One who stays for only a short time
    "transient labourers"
     
  2. (physics) a short-lived oscillation in a system caused by a sudden change of voltage, current or load

Derived forms: transients

See also: impermanent, temporary

Type of: oscillation, traveler [US], traveller [Brit, Cdn], vibration

Encyclopedia: Transient