Transient meaning

trănzē-ənt, -zhənt, -shənt
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The definition of a transient is someone who is just passing through somewhere or isn't staying long.

An example of transient is a honeymoon couple staying at a resort.

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Transient is defined as someone or something that is temporary or staying for a short amount of time.

An example of transient is the short duration of the hurricane season in Florida.

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Staying only for a short time.

The transient population at resorts.

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A temporary component of a current, resulting from a voltage surge, a change from one steady-state condition to another, etc.
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A malfunction that occurs at random intervals and lasts for a short duration such as a spike or surge in a power line or a memory cell that intermittently fails. See spike and power surge.
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(mathematics, stochastic processes, of a state) Having a positive probability of being left and never being visited again.
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Passing or disappearing with time; transitory.

A transient pleasure.

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Remaining for only a brief time.

A transient view of a landscape.

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(physics) Decaying with time, especially exponentially.
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Occasional; isolated; one-off; individual.
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Passing through; passing from one person to another.
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(philosophy) Operating beyond itself; having an external effect.
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Something which is transient.
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(physics) A transient phenomenon, especially an electric current; a very brief surge.
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(acoustics) A relatively loud, non-repeating signal in an audio waveform which occurs very quickly, such as the attack of a snare drum.
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A person who passes through a place for a short time; a traveller; a migrant worker.
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An unhoused person.
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Passing with time; transitory.
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Remaining in a place only a brief time.

Transient laborers.

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Decaying with time, especially as a simple exponential function of time.
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One that is transient, especially a hotel guest or boarder who stays for only a brief time.
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A transient phenomenon or property, especially a transient electric current.
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A transient person or thing.

Transients at a hotel.

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Origin of transient

  • Alteration of Latin trānsiēns trānseunt- present participle of trānsīre to go over trāns- over trans– īre to go ei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From stem of Latin transiens, present participle of transire (“to go over, to pass")

    From Wiktionary