Definition of instantaneous in English:


Line breaks: in¦stant|an¦eous
Pronunciation: /ˌɪnst(ə)nˈteɪnɪəs


  • 2 Physics Existing or measured at a particular instant: measurement of the instantaneous velocity
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    • Mass, instantaneous velocity, acceleration, magnetic forces, and energy puzzled them much more.
    • Also in line with experimental measurements, the examination of instantaneous velocity of simulated beads shows that pause time decreases with increasing wall shear stress.
    • Owing to the intermittent nature of turbulence, we related individual predation events to local, instantaneous relative velocities instead of bulk averages.



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  • They discovered there was a gap in the market for an optic which could deliver either a single or a double shot, instantaneously.
  • In nearly all the videos, they are instantaneously cut down by a few short bursts of aimed rifle and machine gun fire.
  • A man always on the scene, never, never more than a step away from instantaneously covering a story.


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  • What he was hankering after had to approximate the instantaneousness of painting - the fact that paintings are seen all at once, in a resonant ‘now’ - and simultaneously had to evoke a particular medium of painting.
  • These traits are: collective autism, bombast of presentation to the point of unreality, moral narcissism, a chronic lack of sober foresight, and total immersion in instantaneousness.
  • All this demands from the dancer openness and vulnerability to the instantaneousness of the moment, much more than in the process of a choreographed performance.


mid 17th century: from medieval Latin instantaneus, from Latin instant- 'being at hand' (from the verb instare), on the pattern of ecclesiastical Latin momentaneus.

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