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Definition immediate (happening instantly with no delay)

In physics, instantaneous can mean at a specific instant (an unmeasurably short time period) — such as "instantaneous velocity".
  • Relief was instantaneous.
instantaneous = immediate
  • Communications between earth and a spacecraft are not instantaneous.
  • instantaneous = without any delay
  • She was in a car crash and died instantaneously.
  • instantaneously = immediately (in an instant)
  • Symptoms of a heart attack usually come on gradually, and are rarely instantaneous.
  • instantaneous = without any delay
  • The colour now rushed into Elizabeth's cheeks in the instantaneous conviction of its being a letter from the nephew.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • I tell her he was shot through the heart and died instantaneously.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • instantaneously = immediately (in an instant)
  • There was always a daub of anesthetic ointment, or a pill; or in severe instances, an injection that brought complete and instantaneous deliverance.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • instantaneous = immediate (happening with no delay)
  • May I never come back if he wasn't killed instantaneously.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • instantaneously = immediately (in an instant)
  • ...we teach them to fling themselves into holes as quick as lightning before the shells with instantaneous fuses;
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • instantaneous = immediately (in an instant)
  • Besides these they have brought up a number of those little French beasts with instantaneous fuses.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • instantaneous = immediately (in an instant)
  • The District Commissioner changed instantaneously.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • No gradual misgivings, no doctor's sentence, no nursing home, no operating theatre, no false hopes of life; sheer, instantaneous liberation.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • In small towns, news is nearly instantaneous.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • I swear his death was instantaneous—a lightning stroke.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • When the doctor came he said that death had been instantaneous and probably painless, caused in all likelihood by some sudden shock.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • It is seemingly instantaneous at last.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Here is an instantaneous photograph one of our boys got of the battle; it's for sale on every news-stand.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Billy's reflexes were very good and his reaction was instantaneous.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • For then instantaneously we became young ladies possessed of a certain manner.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • Only a few molecules would kill instantaneously...... The hood lay flush against the surface of the lab table.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park

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