Definition of transient adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    transient

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈtrænziənt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrænʃnt//
     
    (formal)
     
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  1. 1continuing for only a short time synonym fleeting, temporary the transient nature of speech
  2. 2staying or working in a place for only a short time, before moving on a city with a large transient population (= of students, temporary workers, etc.)
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Latin transient- ‘going across’, from the verb transire, from trans- ‘across’ + ire ‘go’.
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