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Dictionary definition for: Transient

1. (n) one who stays for only a short time; "transient laborers"

2. (a) of a mental act; causing effects outside the mind

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

4. (s) enduring a very short time; "the ephemeral joys of childhood" "a passing fancy" "youth''s transient beauty" "love is transitory but at is eternal" "fugacious blossoms"

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