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Main Entry: 1tranĚsient
Pronunciation: primarystresstranch-schwant
Function: adjective
: not lasting or staying long
- tranĚsientĚly adverb
synonyms TRANSIENT, TRANSITORY, MOMENTARY, FLEETING mean lasting or staying only a short time. TRANSIENT applies to what is actually short in its duration or stay <a hotel for transient guests>. TRANSITORY applies to what is by its nature likely to change, pass, or come to an end <fame in the movies is transitory>. MOMENTARY suggests a quick coming and going as a brief interruption of a more lasting state <my feeling of joy was only momentary>. FLEETING applies to something that passes very quickly and cannot be brought back <a happy life with only fleeting moments of sorrow>.

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