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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Transient  \Tran"sient\,  n. 
  That  which  remains  but  for  a  brief  time.  --Glanvill. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Transient  \Tran"sient\,  a.  [L.  transiens,  -entis,  p.  pr  of 
  transire,  transitum  to  go  or  pass  over  See  {Trance}.] 
  1.  Passing  before  the  sight  or  perception,  or  as  it  were 
  moving  over  or  across  a  space  or  scene  viewed,  and  then 
  disappearing;  hence  of  short  duration;  not  permanent;  not 
  lasting  or  durable;  not  stationary;  passing;  fleeting; 
  brief;  transitory;  as  transient  pleasure.  ``Measured  this 
  transient  world.''  --Milton. 
  2.  Hasty;  momentary;  imperfect;  brief;  as  a  transient  view 
  of  a  landscape. 
  3.  Staying  for  a  short  time;  not  regular  or  permanent;  as  a 
  transient  guest;  transient  boarders.  [Colloq.  U.  S.] 
  Syn:  {Transient},  {Transitory},  {Fleeting}. 
  Usage:  Transient  represents  a  thing  as  brief  at  the  best; 
  transitory,  as  liable  at  any  moment  to  pass  away 
  Fleeting  goes  further,  and  represents  it  as  in  the  act 
  of  taking  its  flight.  Life  is  transient;  its  joys  are 
  transitory;  its  hours  are  fleeting. 
  What  is  loose  love?  A  transient  gust.  --Pope 
  If  [we  love]  transitory  things  which  soon 
  decay,  Age  must  be  loveliest  at  the  latest  day 
  O  fleeting  joys  Of  Paradise,  dear  bought  with 
  lasting  woes.  --Milton. 
  --  {Tran"sient*ly},  adv  --  {Tran"sient*ness},  n. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  (philosophy)  of  a  mental  act  causing  effects  outside  the 
  mind  [syn:  {transeunt}]  [ant:  {immanent}] 
  2:  enduring  a  very  short  time;  "the  ephemeral  joys  of 
  childhood";  "a  passing  fancy";  "youth's  transient  beauty"; 
  "love  is  transitory  but  at  is  eternal";  "fugacious 
  blossoms"  [syn:  {ephemeral},  {passing},  {short-lived},  {transitory}, 
  n  1:  one  who  stays  for  only  a  short  time;  "transient  laborers" 
  2:  (physics)  a  short-lived  oscillation  in  a  system  caused  by  a 
  sudden  change  of  voltage  or  current  or  load 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
    A  software  object  with  a  short  and  limited  lifetime 
  which  is  not  saved  for  later  reuse. 

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