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tran·si·ent(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.]
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|Adv.||1.||transiently - 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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