Meaning of TRANSIENT in English

TRANSIENT

/ ˈtrænziənt; NAmE ˈtrænʃnt/ adjective , noun

■ adjective ( formal )

1.

continuing for only a short time

SYN fleeting , temporary :

the transient nature of speech

2.

staying or working in a place for only a short time, before moving on :

a city with a large transient population (= of students, temporary workers, etc.)

►  tran·si·ence / -əns; NAmE / noun [ U ]:

the transience of human life

■ noun

( especially NAmE ) a person who stays or works in a place for only a short time, before moving on

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WORD ORIGIN

late 16th cent.: from Latin transient- going across, from the verb transire , from trans- across + ire go.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.