Definition of transient in English:

transient

adjective

  • 1Lasting only for a short time; impermanent.

    ‘a transient cold spell’
    • ‘Am I magnifying its intensity because it is of a more transient nature while the other poses more serious implications?’
    • ‘Poetry therefore constitutes the only language practice capable of transfiguring temporal, transient things into the eternal.’
    • ‘But the area was unfamiliar to me yesterday and I felt the human memory is short-lived and life is transient.’
    • ‘Happiness is a transient condition that vanishes the moment it's in your grip, when another allurement emerges that goads you on inexorably.’
    • ‘The notion that life is transient, that the material is impermanent, is common to many religious and philosophical systems.’
    • ‘As I looked at this contrast between living, transient beauty and cold mortality, I thought: ‘Et in Arcadia, ego’.’
    • ‘On some level, I have been able to detach myself from them, and to see them as a condition which is every bit as arbitrary and transient as a common cold.’
    • ‘Short term memory refers to the transient memories that last from minutes to hours.’
    • ‘She was panting: her breath forming strings of transient puffs in the cold air.’
    • ‘There are also forms of organically based temporary or transient amnesia, such as those induced by drug or alcohol intoxication or by epileptic seizures.’
    • ‘Most women revealed highly unstable and transient relationship patterns.’
    • ‘Furthermore, brief and transient increases in population size may be sufficient to maintain functional overlap.’
    • ‘Similar weight gain occurred that was easily controlled with transient increases in diuretics.’
    • ‘We enfeeble ourselves clinging to transient, ephemeral material things and relationships.’
    • ‘Thus to ‘notice’ is more than a matter of paying brief attention to transient phenomena.’
    • ‘The pictures reflect an interest in the ephemeral, impermanent, transient nature of the world.’
    • ‘In this paper it is demonstrated that transient expression can easily be performed in ripe fleshy fruits.’
    • ‘The patient underwent a subtotal resection of the tumor, which resulted in improved vision and only transient short-term memory deficits.’
    • ‘Therefore, we accept life and death as part of this ephemeral and transient cycle.’
    • ‘If the pain is transient, I wouldn't worry about it.’
    transitory, temporary, short-lived, short-term, ephemeral, impermanent, brief, short, momentary
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    1. 1.1 Staying or working in a place for a short time only.
      ‘the transient nature of the labour force in catering’
      • ‘They are termed abandoners, though some may be transient crèchers whose period of care was shorter than the interval between observations’
      • ‘I'd live the transient and ephemeral existence of a backpacker for a week, an existence of freedom and simple pleasures.’
      • ‘In the short term, however, the average transient wants nothing more than food in their stomach and a little bit of dignity.’
      • ‘The group has been calling for temporary halting site facilities for transient traders.’
      • ‘In the hard times of the 1930s, unemployed men and transient hobos often took temporary refuge on the island, erecting small shanty towns of tents.’
      • ‘The last thing a transient or a short-term resident needs is new experiences!’
      • ‘It is believed that permitting foreign expatriates to own their own properties encourages increased longevity of stay and contributes to a more less transient economic environment.’
      • ‘Among other consequences, this has meant that the tourism industry has not been able to adequately access transient workers because there is nowhere for them to stay.’
      • ‘Thanks to their dazzling diversity of color, furtive nature, and transient presence, warblers and their fellow neotropical migrants monopolize spring birding.’
      • ‘Another short-term arrangement was day labour where transient labour, operating without a contract, could work for a daily wage with either party free to end the relationship.’
      • ‘Previous research has shown that substance abusers are highly transient and difficult to locate.’
      • ‘"The problem with our business is people are so transient, " says Debbie.’
      • ‘Since 1999, the territorial government has been coping with hundreds of staff vacancies and a highly transient work force - and few employees who want to stay in their jobs for long.’
      • ‘While the furthest camping section is the refuge of transient workers looking for an affordable place to stay, tourists are most likely to make use of the cabins and dorms.’

noun

  • 1A person who is staying or working in a place for a short time only.

    • ‘There were probably, I'd say about 15 solid members, maybe 10 to 15 solid members, and then another 10 or so transients.’
    • ‘While many locals don't like what's happening to their neighbourhood, they're also reluctant to give the cold shoulder to the homeless, thus providing less incentive for transients to move on.’
    • ‘Because the transients are such gypsies, their so-called ‘predatory events’ present the best opportunity to study them.’
    • ‘Quite a few young women were brought in, usually street walkers and transients, which were considered wards of the state.’
    • ‘It's a bizarre mix of ski bums, transients, small businesses, families, settled hippies, hippy wannabes, and red necks, but everyone seems to get along.’
    • ‘Just pick victims without families, like transients!’
    • ‘Bums, transients, and hobos are everywhere there is opportunity or the opportunity to be near opportunity yet still be far away from success.’
    • ‘There are other things which are not as appealing, like the transients.’
    • ‘The law had been applied to hotels and motels to collect a tax from transients, vacationers, and travelers, who stay overnight in Alabama.’
    • ‘Andy writes ‘There are far too many poets, painters, writers, protesters, and transients getting benefits.’’
    • ‘Think of college towns, many of which almost certainly have an even higher proportion of transients in the population than DC does.’
    • ‘A Garda spokesperson acknowledged that there were a number of homeless or transients in the city and they often congregated together.’
    • ‘Though many stalwart defenders of the homeless also spoke at the meeting, the council ultimately passed two ordinances that appear intended to clear transients out.’
    • ‘A police spokesman said: ‘The indication that transients are involved is correct.’’
    • ‘They interviewed transients, neighbors, old boyfriends, family, you name it.’
    • ‘No one minded, because fast food - with the emphasis on fast - is exactly what hurrying, scurrying transients want.’
    • ‘Sport, as this city of transfers and transients is discovering, can bind a community together.’
    • ‘Drug addicts, especially injecting drug users, sex workers, those in prison and those referred to as transients and migrants remain at the top of the nation's list of ‘high-risk’ groups.’
    • ‘The editorial page was happy about it, but reminded us how downtown had lost so many SRO (single-room occupancy) hotels like this one, displacing transients and day-laborers.’
  • 2A momentary variation in current, voltage, or frequency.

    • ‘The series is immune to short voltage transients.’
    • ‘Other situations affecting power quality are transients or spikes, surges or over-voltages, noise and sags or brownouts.’
    • ‘They are also quite sensitive to variations in power quality due to transients, harmonics, and voltage surges and sags.’
    • ‘Repetitive current transients detected during the flicker of the exocytotic fusion pore may be related to leakage.’
    • ‘As the lattice parameter decreases, these transients occur more frequently.’
    • ‘Current transients were then obtained by subtraction of sloping baselines separately fitted to ‘on’ and ‘off’ portions.’
    • ‘In most experiments, we partially compensated the membrane transients to speed the membrane voltage clamp.’
    • ‘Upon decreasing the frequency, the transients fell back to the initial steady state.’
    • ‘We use fluorescent amphiphilic dyes which are well established to record voltage transients in neurons at low to medium resolution.’
    • ‘The initial current transient that is mediated by rapidly inactivating A-type K + channels was missing in the transistor signal.’
    • ‘Capacitance transients are not seen in the traces, since they occurred before the start of the scan.’
    • ‘The AA300 Series integrated load center lets users tailor protection against harmful voltage transients.’
    • ‘Capacitive transients and linear current leakage were minimized on-line by acting on the respective built-in compensation sections of the amplifier.’
    • ‘Phase transients, such as jitter and wander, may produce slips in voice traffic that result in audible clicks on the line.’
    • ‘The source also needs to maintain bandwidth stability as parameters like duty cycle and repetition rate change, creating thermal transients and acoustic resonances.’
    • ‘In addition, the quality of the fit can easily be assayed by measuring how well the current transient conforms to an exponential time course.’
    • ‘Application of a potential step to the coated electrode system results in a current transient that can be divided into two regions.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from Latin transient- ‘going across’, from the verb transire, from trans- ‘across’ + ire ‘go’.

Pronunciation

transient

/ˈtranzɪənt/