transient

adjective
tran·​sient | \ ˈtran(t)-sh(ē-)ənt How to pronounce transient (audio) ; ˈtran-zē-ənt, ˈtran(t)-sē-; ˈtran-zhənt, -jənt\

Definition of transient

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : passing especially quickly into and out of existence : transitory transient beauty
b : passing through or by a place with only a brief stay or sojourn transient visitors
2 : affecting something or producing results beyond itself

transient

noun
tran·​sient | \ ˈtran(t)-sh(ē-)ənt How to pronounce transient (audio) ; ˈtran-zē-ənt, ˈtran(t)-sē-; ˈtran-zhənt, -jənt\

Definition of transient (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one that is transient (see transient entry 1): such as
a : a guest or boarder who stays only briefly
b : a person traveling about usually in search of work
2a : a temporary oscillation that occurs in a circuit because of a sudden change of voltage or of load
b : a transient current or voltage

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Other Words from transient

Adjective

transiently adverb

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Adjective

transient, transitory, ephemeral, momentary, fugitive, fleeting, evanescent mean lasting or staying only a short time. transient applies to what is actually short in its duration or stay. a hotel catering primarily to transient guests transitory applies to what is by its nature or essence bound to change, pass, or come to an end. fame in the movies is transitory ephemeral implies striking brevity of life or duration. many slang words are ephemeral momentary suggests coming and going quickly and therefore being merely a brief interruption of a more enduring state. my feelings of guilt were only momentary fugitive and fleeting imply passing so quickly as to make apprehending difficult. let a fugitive smile flit across his face fleeting moments of joy evanescent suggests a quick vanishing and an airy or fragile quality. the story has an evanescent touch of whimsy that is lost in translation

How Should You Use transient?

A transient mood is one that passes quickly. A brief stopover in a town on your way to somewhere else is a transient visit. A summer job on a farm is transient work, lasting only as long as the growing season. You may occasionally experience a transient episode of dizziness or weakness, which vanishes without a trace. As a noun, transient means a person who passes through a place, staying only briefly. The hoboes and tramps of earlier years were some of our most colorful transients, known for hopping freight trains, panhandling on the street, and stealing homemade pies cooling on the windowsill.

Examples of transient in a Sentence

Adjective

A Summer in New York is actually Europe, the Sequel—city of transient Danes and Italians and Spaniards and French. — Guy Trebay, Village Voice, 30 July 1991 But Vandenberg, who had already written a hagiographic biography of Hamilton, was doing his personal hero no service. Rather, he trivialized him by dragging him into the transient issues of the day. — John Steele Gordon, American Heritage, July/August 1990 The mountain lies between his residence and the main road, and occludes the expectation of transient visits. — Thomas Jefferson, letter, 4 Aug. 1820
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The transient nature of youth sports has led to a total disconnect. oregonlive.com, "Canzano: Tradition? Heard of it? This column is about something club sports has lost," 7 June 2019 The events showed the importance of implementing defenses against hacks like phishing, network intrusions, and denial of service attacks for even the most transient campaign efforts. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "A Push to Protect Political Campaigns from Hackers Hits a Snag," 5 June 2019 When the council raised the transient tax rate by 1 percentage point four years ago, the thinking was to help pay for the renovation and expansion of the Kentucky International Convention Center. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville is losing out on money from Airbnb rentals. But a new tax deal worries neighbors," 3 Jan. 2018 Far from being hinderances to a more streamlined life, my objects are the steadfast companions in the kind of semi-transient existence typical of New Yorkers of a certain age. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Please Stop Trying to Make Me KonMari My Home," 21 Mar. 2019 Another major culprit of transient pain is certain personal care products, says Dr. Coady. Elyssa Goodman, Glamour, "7 Causes of Pain During Sex—and What to Do About Them," 21 Mar. 2019 With mindfulness, the goal is to focus on the present moment, the eternal now, as the result of transient thoughts and feelings. Robert M. Thorson, WSJ, "‘Timefulness’ Review: Thinking in Eons," 30 Dec. 2018 Their rarity and transient nature have helped keep them from being better understood. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "We’ve seen more fast radio bursts, but we still don’t know what they are," 11 Oct. 2018 Washington is a transient city where many retain their loyalties to the hometown teams, yet even that loyalty draws them to Nationals Park when their team is in town. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Baseball Bridges the Political Divide in Washington," 16 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Peloquin noticed an increase in transients after a homeless camp in downtown Fort Lauderdale was emptied in November. Brittany Wallman, sun-sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale opening more neighborhoods to sex offenders with change in strict law," 7 June 2019 Employees at Pink Baby for You, a nail salon, swapped out the plastic tip jar on the counter for a smaller one after transients came in and tried to grab it. Dakota Smith, latimes.com, "Los Feliz traffic median's latest makeover might include planters in a bid to thwart homeless encampments," 25 Apr. 2018 The city admits that the space has been plagued by transients, crime and loitering. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Architecture students hope to freshen Lemon Grove park," 11 July 2018 Previously, researchers suggested that these dark streaks could be caused by transient, flowing briny water, perhaps indicating that Mars is habitable, as many have suspected over time. Chelsea Gohd, Space.com, "Wow! This Fresh Meteoroid Impact on Mars Triggered a Dusty Avalanche," 19 June 2018 While the study paints a picture of cultural and genetic turmoil that matches the historical record, somehow its effects ended up being transient. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Using Medieval DNA to track the barbarian spread into Italy," 14 Sep. 2018 The cleanliness and perception/presence of homeless/transients, crime and criminal activity was the largest deterrent to community members spending more time downtown, the city reported. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "L.G. ready to move along on vision for future of downtown," 23 Apr. 2018 So the transients, mostly women and children displaced from nearby towns, ventured outside their temporary housing on Monday for some air, witnesses said. Saeed Al-batati And Rick Gladstone, New York Times, "Saudi Bombing Is Said to Kill Yemeni Civilians Seeking Relief From the Heat," 2 Apr. 2018 Kevin Talbott, a transient from the Poway area, matched the description of a possible suspect in the homicide, sheriff's Lt. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "Man fatally stabbed in Poway," 15 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of transient

Adjective

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for transient

Adjective and Noun

Latin transeunt-, transiens, present participle of transire to cross, pass by, from trans- + ire to go — more at issue entry 1

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More Definitions for transient

transient

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of transient

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal
: not lasting long
: staying somewhere only a short time

transient

noun

English Language Learners Definition of transient (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US : a person who does not have a permanent home and who stays in a place for only a short time before going somewhere else

transient

adjective
tran·​sient | \ ˈtran-shənt How to pronounce transient (audio) \

Kids Definition of transient

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not lasting or staying long a transient illness transient workers

transient

noun

Kids Definition of transient (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person traveling about usually in search of work

transient

adjective
tran·​sient | \ ˈtran-zē-ənt How to pronounce transient (audio) , ˈtranch-ənt How to pronounce transient (audio) \

Medical Definition of transient

: passing away in time : existing temporarily transient symptoms

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