WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
tran•sient /ˈtrænʃənt, -ʒənt, -ziənt/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. not lasting;
    not permanent;
    transitory:a transient illness.
  2. staying only a short time and passing through:transient guests at a hotel.

n. [countable]
  1. a person or thing that is transient:Transients for Flight 806 will wait in Concourse C.
  2. Electricitya sudden pulse of voltage or current.
tran•sience, tran•sien•cy, n. [uncountable]
tran•sient•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
tran•sient  (transhənt, -zhənt, -zē ənt),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. not lasting, enduring, or permanent;
    transitory.
  2. lasting only a short time;
    existing briefly;
    temporary:transient authority.
  3. staying only a short time:the transient guests at a hotel.
  4. [Philos.]transeunt.

n. 
  1. a person or thing that is transient, esp. a temporary guest, boarder, laborer, or the like.
  2. [Math.]
    • a function that tends to zero as the independent variable tends to infinity.
    • a solution, esp. of a differential equation, having this property.
  3. [Physics.]
    • a nonperiodic signal of short duration.
    • a decaying signal, wave, or oscillation.
  4. Electricitya sudden pulse of voltage or current.
tran sient•ly, adv. 
tran sient•ness, n. 
  • Latin transi(ēns) (nominative singular), present participle of transīre to pass by, literally, go across + -ent; see transeunt
  • 1590–1600
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fleeting, flitting, flying, fugitive, evanescent. See temporary.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged permanent.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

transient /ˈtrænzɪənt/ adj
  1. for a short time only; temporary or transitory
n
  1. a transient person or thing
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin transiēns going over, from transīre to pass over, from trans- + īre to go

ˈtransiently adv ˈtransience, ˈtransiency n



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