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in·stant

 (ĭn′stənt)
n.
1. A period of time so short as to be almost imperceptible. See Synonyms at moment.
2. A particular or precise time: at the instant of combustion.
3. Abbr. inst. The current month: your letter of the 15th instant.
4. A food or beverage designed for quick preparation.
adj.
1. Occurring at once; immediate: instant gratification.
2. Imperative; urgent: an instant need.
3. Now under consideration; present.
4.
a. Commercially prepared or processed for quick and easy final preparation: an instant cake mix.
b. Appearing, done, or taking place with great quickness and ease: "She had the gift of instant intimacy" (Sylvia Jukes Morris).
c. Quickly and easily resolved or determined: instant lottery tickets.
adv.
At once; instantly.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin īnstāns, īnstant-, present, present participle of īnstāre, to approach : in-, on; see in-2 + stāre, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

in′stant·ness n.

instant

(ˈɪnstənt)
n
1. a very brief time; moment
2. a particular moment or point in time: at the same instant.
3. on the instant immediately; without delay
adj
4. immediate; instantaneous
5. (Cookery) (esp of foods) prepared or designed for preparation with very little time and effort: instant coffee.
6. urgent or imperative
7. (postpositive) (when abbreviated in formal correspondence)
a. of the present month: a letter of the 7th instant. Abbreviation: inst Compare proximo, ultimo
b. currently under consideration
adv
a poetic word for instantly
[C15: from Latin instāns, from instāre to be present, press closely, from in-2 + stāre to stand]

in•stant

(ˈɪn stənt)

n.
1. an infinitesimal or very short space of time; moment.
2. the point of time now present: Come here this instant!
3. a particular moment: at the instant of contact.
4. an instant beverage or other product, esp. instant coffee.
adj.
5. succeeding without any interval of time; immediate: instant relief.
6. pressing or urgent: instant need.
7. (of a food or beverage) processed so as to require minimal time and effort to prepare, as just the addition of water: instant coffee.
8. produced, occurring, or appearing rapidly and with little or no preparation or effort: instant answers.
9. designed to act or produce results quickly or immediately: an instant lottery.
10. present; current: the instant case before the court.
11. Archaic. in or of the present month: your letter of the 12th instant. Abbr.: inst.
adv.
12. instantly.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin instant-, s. of instāns, present participle of instāre to be present, urgent =in- in-2 + stāre to stand]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.instant - a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)instant - a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat); "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"
mo, moment, second, minute, bit - an indefinitely short time; "wait just a moment"; "in a mo"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit"
2.instant - a particular point in timeinstant - a particular point in time; "the moment he arrived the party began"
climax, culmination - the decisive moment in a novel or play; "the deathbed scene is the climax of the play"
point in time, point - an instant of time; "at that point I had to leave"
eleventh hour, last minute - the latest possible moment; "money became available at the eleventh hour"; "at the last minute the government changed the rules"
moment of truth - a crucial moment on which much depends
moment of truth - the moment in a bullfight when the matador kills the bull
pinpoint - a very brief moment; "they were strangers sharing a pinpoint of time together"
time - a suitable moment; "it is time to go"
psychological moment - the most appropriate time for achieving a desired effect
Adj.1.instant - occurring with no delay; "relief was instantaneous"; "instant gratification"
fast - acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly; "fast film"; "on the fast track in school"; "set a fast pace"; "a fast car"
2.instant - in or of the present month; "your letter of the 10th inst"
present - temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration; "the present leader"; "articles for present use"; "the present topic"; "the present system"; "present observations"
3.instant - demanding attention; "clamant needs"; "a crying need"; "regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous"- H.L.Mencken; "insistent hunger"; "an instant need"
imperative - requiring attention or action; "as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"; "requests that grew more and more imperative"

instant

noun
1. moment, second, minute, shake (informal), flash, tick (Brit. informal), no time, twinkling, split second, jiffy (informal), trice, twinkling of an eye (informal), two shakes (informal), two shakes of a lamb's tail (informal), bat of an eye (informal) The pain disappeared in an instant.
2. time, point, hour, moment, stage, occasion, phase, juncture At the same instant, he flung open the car door.
adjective
1. immediate, prompt, instantaneous, direct, quick, urgent, on-the-spot, split-second He had taken an instant dislike to her.
2. ready-made, fast, convenience, ready-mixed, ready-cooked, precooked He was stirring instant coffee into two mugs of hot water.

instant

noun
1. A very brief time:
Informal: jiff, jiffy.
Chiefly British: tick.
2. A particular interval of time that is limited and often crucial:
adjective
1. Occurring at once:
2. Compelling immediate attention:
adverb
Translations
حالي، جاريدَقيقَه، فَترَه قصيرَهسَرِيعٌفَوري، سَريع الذَّوَبانلَحْظَه
okamžikokamžitýinstantnímomentchvíle
øjeblikøjeblikkeligfærdig-minut-
momento
välitönvälittömästihetki
trenutačan
azonnal oldódópillanat
á òeirri stundu; undir einsandartak, andráskyndi-tafarlaus; sem verîur samstundis
インスタントインスタントのその場で決めた今月の切迫した
즉시의
akimirksnisgreitai išverdantisįvykstantis tuoj patmomentassekundė
acumirklisātri pagatavojamsbrīdisinstant coffeemirklis
instant
instantný
instantentakojšentrenutek
ögonblickomedelbar
ทันทีทันใด
ananındaanlıkderhal olanhemen hazırlanabilen
lập tức

instant

[ˈɪnstənt]
A. ADJ
1. (= immediate) [reply, reaction, success] → instantáneo, inmediato
instant access to sthacceso m instantáneo or inmediato a algo
he took an instant dislike to DerekDerek le cayó mal desde el primer momento
sweets give instant energylos dulces son una fuente instantánea de energía
his book was an instant hit or successsu libro fue un éxito instantáneo or inmediato
2. (Culin) [coffee, soup] → instantáneo
instant mashpuré m de patatas instantáneo
3. (Brit) (Comm) (frm) on the 1st instantel primero del corriente
see also inst.
4. (Jur) in the instant caseen el presente caso
B. Ninstante m, momento m
the instant I heard iten el instante or momento en que lo supe
an instant later she was goneun instante or momento después se había ido
Jed hesitated for an instantJed dudó un instante or un momento
in an instanten un instante or momento
the next instantun momento después
put it down this instant!¡deja eso ahora mismo!
at that very instant the phone rangen ese mismo instante or momento sonó el teléfono
C. CPD instant access account Ncuenta f de acceso instantáneo or inmediato
instant camera Ncámara f de fotos instantánea, polaroid ® f
instant death Nmuerte f instantánea or en el acto
instant gratification Nsatisfacción f inmediata
instant replay N (Sport) → repetición f de la jugada

instant

[ˈɪnstənt]
n (= moment) → instant m
at that instant → à cet instant
for an instant → pendant un instant, l'espace d'un instant
He hesitated for an instant → Il hésita l'espace d'un instant., Il hésita pendant un instant.
in an instant → en un instant
the instant he/it ...
She called the police the instant he left → Elle appela la police à l'instant où il partit.
She would know the instant he walked in whether it was true → Elle saurait si c'était vrai à l'instant où il entrerait.
adj
(= immediate) [response, reaction] → immédiat(e); [gratification] → immédiat(e); [death] → instantané(e); [dismissal] → immédiat(e)
It was an instant success → Ça a été un succès immédiat.
The play was an instant hit → La pièce a été un succès immédiat.
to take an instant dislike to sb → prendre tout de suite qn en grippe, avoir immédiatement de l'aversion pour qn
He had taken an instant dislike to Rachel → Il avait tout de suite pris Rachel en grippe. instant access
[coffee, food] → instantané(e)
(COMMERCE) the 10th instant → le 10 courantinstant access (BANKING)
n (to cash)accès m immédiat
modif [account] → à accès immédiat

instant

adj
unmittelbar; relief, result, reply, successsofortig attr, → unmittelbar; sweets give instant energySüßigkeiten sind sofortige Energielieferanten; instant photographySofortbildfotografie f
(Cook) → Instant-; instant milkTrockenmilch f; instant foodSchnellgerichte pl; instant mashed potatoesfertiger Kartoffelbrei
(Comm) → dieses Monats; your letter of the 10th inst(ant)Ihr Schreiben vom 10. dieses Monats
(Jur) in the instant caseim vorliegenden Fall
nAugenblick m; this (very) instantsofort, auf der Stelle; I’ll be ready in an instantich bin sofort fertig; it was all over in an instantin einem Augenblick or im Nu (inf)war alles vorbei; he left the instant he heard the newser ging sofort, als er die Nachricht hörte; at that very instantgenau in dem Augenblick; the next instant, an instant laterim nächsten Augenblick; in the same instantim gleichen Augenblick

instant

:
instant message
n (Internet) → Instant Message f
Instant Messenger®
n (Internet) → Instant Messenger® m
instant replay
n (TV) → Wiederholung f

instant

[ˈɪnstənt]
1. adj
a. (reply, reaction, success) → immediato/a; (coffee) → solubile; (food) → liofilizzato/a
instant potatoes → fiocchi mpl di patate
b. (Comm) (of the present month) → corrente mese inv
the 10th instant → il 10 corrente mese
2. nistante m, attimo
come here this instant → vieni immediatamente or subito qui
in an instant → in un attimo
I came the instant I got the news → sono venuto non appena ho ricevuto la notizia

instant

(ˈinstənt) adjective
1. immediate. Anyone disobeying these rules will face instant dismissal; His latest play was an instant success.
2. (of food etc) able to be prepared etc almost immediately. instant coffee/potato.
noun
1. a point in time. He climbed into bed and at that instant the telephone rang; He came the instant (that) he heard the news.
2. a moment or very short time. It all happened in an instant; I'll be there in an instant.
ˈinstantly adverb
immediately. He went to bed and instantly fell asleep.
this instant
straight away; at this very moment. Give it back this instant!

instant

سَرِيعٌ okamžitý øjeblikkelig sofortig στιγμιαίος instantáneo välitön instantané trenutačan istantaneo 即座の 즉시의 onmiddellijk umiddelbar nagły imediato мгновенный omedelbar ทันทีทันใด anında lập tức 立即的

instant

n. instante; a. instantáneo-a, inmediato-a; urgente.
References in classic literature ?
The body yielded to the currents of air, and though no murmur or groan escaped the victim, there were instants when he grimly faced his foes, and the anguish of cold despair might be traced, through the intervening distance, in possession of his swarthy lineaments.
We were confronted across our distance quite long enough for me to ask myself with intensity who then he was and to feel, as an effect of my inability to say, a wonder that in a few instants more became intense.
Some instants after, we saw a dozen of the crew set foot on the bank of ice, and among them Ned Land, easily known by his stature.
The officer conversed a few instants with the captain, gave him several papers, of which he was the bearer, to read, and upon the order of the merchant captain the whole crew of the vessel, both passengers and sailors, were called upon deck.
Here, for several instants, ensued a silence, during which two spirits, which followed the same idea, communicated perfectly, without even the assistance of a single glance.
Then it remained for some instants taking counsel with itself, at the end of which it decreed a retreat.
The apprehension of knowing it must after a little have grown in him, and the strangest moment of his adventure perhaps, the most memorable or really most interesting, afterwards, of his crisis, was the lapse of certain instants of concentrated conscious COMBAT, the sense of a need to hold on to something, even after the manner of a man slipping and slipping on some awful incline; the vivid impulse, above all, to move, to act, to charge, somehow and upon something - to show himself, in a word, that he wasn't afraid.
For three long instants he strained against me as if he had all hell to help him; but I forced his head until the hairy cap fell off it.
A few instants passed, and he found that Tess was gone.
Again, therefore, she applied herself to the key, and after moving it in every possible way for some instants with the determined celerity of hope's last effort, the door suddenly yielded to her hand: her heart leaped with exultation at such a victory, and having thrown open each folding door, the second being secured only by bolts of less wonderful construction than the lock, though in that her eye could not discern anything unusual, a double range of small drawers appeared in view, with some larger drawers above and below them; and in the centre, a small door, closed also with a lock and key, secured in all probability a cavity of importance.
I would have given much to have heard the balance of that conversation that I might have been warned of the perils that lay ahead, but fate intervened, and just at the very instant of all other instants that I would not have elected to do it, I sneezed.
These instants were characterized--to define it in a word--by an intense quickening of the sense of personality.