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instantaneous

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adjective in·stan·ta·neous \ˌin(t)-stən-ˈtā-nē-əs, -nyəs\

Simple Definition of instantaneous

  • : happening very quickly : happening in an instant

Full Definition of instantaneous

  1. 1 :  done, occurring, or acting without any perceptible duration of time <death was instantaneous>

  2. 2 :  done without any delay being purposely introduced <took instantaneous corrective action>

  3. 3 :  occurring or present at a particular instant <instantaneous velocity>

in·stan·ta·ne·i·ty \ˌin-ˌstan-tə-ˈnē-ə-tē, ˌin(t)-stən-tə-ˈnē-\ noun
in·stan·ta·neous·ly play \ˌin(t)-stən-ˈtā-nē-əs-lē, -nyəs-lē\ adverb
in·stan·ta·neous·ness noun

Examples of instantaneous

  1. We got an almost instantaneous response from the company.

  2. <the thunder following the flash of lightning was nearly instantaneous>



Origin of instantaneous

Medieval Latin instantaneus, from instant-, instans, noun


First Known Use: 1651

Rhymes with instantaneous


INSTANTANEOUS Defined for Kids

instantaneous

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adjective in·stan·ta·neous \ˌin-stən-ˈtā-nē-əs\

Definition of instantaneous

  1. :  happening or done very quickly :  happening in an instant <an instantaneous reply>

in·stan·ta·neous·ly adverb




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