(noun, adjective)


1. of a mental act; causing effects outside the mind

Similar word(s): transeunt

2. lasting a very short time

- youth's transient beauty

- love is transitory but it is eternal

Similar word(s): impermanent, temporary, ephemeral, fugacious, passing, transitory

Sentences with transient as an adjective:

- a transient pleasure

- a transient view of a landscape


1. one who stays for only a short time

- transient laborers

Definition categories: person, traveler, traveller

2. (physics) a short-lived oscillation in a system caused by a sudden change of voltage or current or load

Definition categories: event, oscillation, vibration