- 1Lasting only for a short time; impermanent: a transient cold spellMore example sentences
- The pictures reflect an interest in the ephemeral, impermanent, transient nature of the world.
- As I looked at this contrast between living, transient beauty and cold mortality, I thought: ‘Et in Arcadia, ego’.
- She was panting: her breath forming strings of transient puffs in the cold air.
- 1.1Staying or working in a place for only a short time: the transient nature of the labor force in cateringMore example sentences
- Thanks to their dazzling diversity of color, furtive nature, and transient presence, warblers and their fellow neotropical migrants monopolize spring birding.
- Since 1999, the territorial government has been coping with hundreds of staff vacancies and a highly transient work force - and few employees who want to stay in their jobs for long.
- While the furthest camping section is the refuge of transient workers looking for an affordable place to stay, tourists are most likely to make use of the cabins and dorms.
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- 1A person who is staying or working in a place for only a short time.More example sentences
- The law had been applied to hotels and motels to collect a tax from transients, vacationers, and travelers, who stay overnight in Alabama.
- Drug addicts, especially injecting drug users, sex workers, those in prison and those referred to as transients and migrants remain at the top of the nation's list of ‘high-risk’ groups.
- The editorial page was happy about it, but reminded us how downtown had lost so many SRO (single-room occupancy) hotels like this one, displacing transients and day-laborers.
- 2A momentary variation in current, voltage, or frequency.More example sentences
- The AA300 Series integrated load center lets users tailor protection against harmful voltage transients.
- The series is immune to short voltage transients.
- We use fluorescent amphiphilic dyes which are well established to record voltage transients in neurons at low to medium resolution.
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- Though the fragments may constitute recognizable figures at points, they will do so only transiently.
- Instead, a method has been developed, the ‘light doubling’ technique, that allows the contribution of photochemical quenching to be transiently reduced to zero.
- This circular DNA is attached, at least transiently, to the inner mitochondrial membrane.
late 16th century: from Latin transient- 'going across', from the verb transire, from trans- 'across' + ire 'go'.