Passing before the sight or perception, or, as it were, moving over or across a space or scene viewed, and then disappearing; hence, of short duration; not permanent; not lasting or durable; not stationary; passing; fleeting; brief; transitory; as, transient pleasure.
- Passing with time; transitory: "the transient beauty of youth” ( Lydia M. Child).
- Remaining in a place only a brief time: transient laborers.
- Physics Decaying with time, especially as a simple exponential function of time.
- One that is transient, especially a hotel guest or boarder who stays for only a brief time.
- Physics A transient phenomenon or property, especially a transient electric current.