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 (trăn′zē-ənt, -zhənt, -shənt)
1. Passing with time; transitory: "the transient beauty of youth" (Lydia M. Child).
2. Remaining in a place only a brief time: transient laborers.
3. Physics Decaying with time, especially as a simple exponential function of time.
1. One that is transient, especially a hotel guest or boarder who stays for only a brief time.
2. Physics A transient phenomenon or property, especially a transient electric current.

[Alteration of Latin trānsiēns, trānseunt-, present participle of trānsīre, to go over : trāns-, over; see trans- + īre, to go; see ei- in Indo-European roots.]

tran′si·ent·ly adv.
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Adv.1.transiently - for a very short timetransiently - for a very short time; "these three pions may actually be joined together transiently as a compound particle during the interchange process"
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'I WON'T bear with you, if I can alter you,' replied my mother: but the harshness of her words was undone by the earnest affection of her tone and pleasant smile, that made my father smile again, less sadly and less transiently than was his wont.
Tulliver looked at them all three alternately with a startled gaze; the idea that much had happened of which he knew nothing had often transiently arrested him before, but it came upon him now with entire novelty.
But the tie which, through their common calamity, had united the feelings of these simple dwellers in the woods with the strangers who had thus transiently visited them, was not so easily broken.
He had a sense of hot sunshine upon sand, of the children of it least transiently opulent holiday makers in a circle round about him, of the whisper, "They are really gentlemen," and then dollop, dollop came the coppers in the hat.
'The bacteria, fungi and viruses in our food transiently colonise our gut,' she said.
"The bacteria, fungi, and viruses in our food transiently colonise our gut.
PRC1 represses genes related to neuronal function transiently in the early stage, but permanently in the late stage of brain development.
CHAPTER ONE LAKE Plon, April-May 1945 MICHAEL Quantz transiently haunted the lakeside, pausing, screwing up his eyes against the sheen of grey light.
While intracellular calcium concentration of neurons is about 50-100 nM at the resting state, it can rise transiently during electrical activity 10-100 times higher.
Transduced T-cells were detectable in the peripheral blood and expanded transiently, and greater persistence was related to higher T-cell dose.
Persistently high-cost patients were younger, had fewer medical comorbidities, and had greater intellectual impairment than transiently high-cost patients.