Answer: Lasting only a short time, fleeing; one who stays only a short time
Word Origin late 16th century: from Latin transient- 'going across' from the verb transire from trans- 'across' + ire 'go'.
Scrabble Points: 9
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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.
Some common synonyms of transient are ephemeral evanescent fleeting fugitive momentary and transitory. While all these words 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 When could ephemeral be used to replace transient?
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transient 1. Personnel ships or craft stopping temporarily at a post station or port to which they are not assigned or attached and having destination elsewhere. 2.
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