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Definition lasting a short time


one who stays for only a short time
  • The harvest is dependent upon transient laborers.
transient = staying only a short time
  • youth's transient beauty
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) is a "warning stroke" or "mini-stroke" that produces stroke-like symptoms but no lasting damage.
  • From our brief conversation I deduced that I had just met the celebrated eccentric whom the locals called the Mayor of Hippie Cove, a reference to a bight of tidewater north of town that was a magnet for long-haired transients, near which the Mayor had been living for some years.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • transients = people who live in an area for a short time
  • By the time he entered university, Saeed's parents prayed more often than they had when he was younger, maybe because they had lost a great many loved ones by that age, or maybe because the transient natures of their own lives were gradually becoming less hidden from them, or maybe because...
    Moshin Hamid  --  Exit West
  • transient = temporary (lasting a short time)
  • During periods of extreme stress, transient psychotic symptoms may occur,
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • transient = lasting a short time
  • Permanent transients with no attachments and...
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • transients = people who stay in a place for only a short time
  • There must be transients in the bird world too, rumple-feathered outcasts that naturally seek out each other's company in inferior and dying trees.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • transients = people who stay for only a short time
  • ...Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes;
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • transient = temporary (lasting a short time)
  • Nadia, who watched and smiled and usually said little in these gatherings, thought the couple a bit like the queen and king of a domain populated otherwise solely by women, a transient domain that would last only a few short seasons, and she wondered if perhaps they thought the same and had decided, nonetheless, to savor it.
    Moshin Hamid  --  Exit West
  • transient = temporary (lasting a short time)
  • It might seem odd that in cities teetering at the edge of the abyss young people still go to class—in this case an evening class on corporate identity and product branding—but that is the way of things, with cities as with life, for one moment we are pottering about our errands as usual and the next we are dying, and our eternally impending ending does not put a stop to our transient beginnings and middles until the instant when it does.
    Moshin Hamid  --  Exit West
  • transient = lasting a short time
  • A settled apathy, a gradual wasting away of the person, and frequent although transient affections of...
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • transient = lasting a short time
  • The transients come just during the harvest season.
  • A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it.
    H. L. Mencken
  • By the end of the week he was a transient lumper on a river steamboat.
    London, Jack  --  John Barleycorn
  • Adrienne blushed, but shaking off the transient feeling of shame, she stated that it was for sale.
    Cooper, James Fenimore  --  Autobiography of a Pocket-Handkerchief
  • It indicates better than any water hereabouts the absolute progress of the season, being least affected by transient changes of temperature.
    Thoreau, Henry David  --  Walden & on the Duty of Civil Disobedience
  • How soon hath thy prediction, Seer blest, Measured this transient world, the race of time, Till time stand fixed!
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The church's strength was its tradition, not its transience.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • I've been as transient in my adult life as anyone in our cooperative.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible

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