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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 in·stant /ˈɪn(t)stənt/

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·stant a.
 1. Pressing; urgent; importunate; earnest.
    Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.   --Rom. xii. 12.            
    I am beginning to be very instant for some sort of occupation.   --Carlyle.
 2. Closely pressing or impending in respect to time; not deferred; immediate; without delay.
    Impending death is thine, and instant doom.   --Prior.
 3. Present; current.
    The instant time is always the fittest time.   --Fuller.
 Note:The word in this sense is now used only in dates, to indicate the current month; as, the tenth of July instant.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·stant, adv. Instantly. [Poetic]
    Instant he flew with hospitable haste.   --Pope.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·stant, n.
 1. A point in time; a moment; a portion of time too short to be estimated; also, any particular moment; as, the situation may change in an instant.
    There is scarce an instant between their flourishing and their not being.   --Hooker.
 2. A day of the present or current month; as, the sixth instant; -- an elliptical expression equivalent to the sixth of the month instant, i. e., the current month. See Instant, a., 3.
 Syn: -- Moment; flash; second.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: occurring with no delay; "relief was instantaneous";
             "instant gratification" [syn: instantaneous, instant(a)]
      2: in or of the present month; "your letter of the 10th inst"
         [syn: inst]
      3: demanding attention; "clamant needs"; "a crying need";
         "regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous"-
         H.L.Mencken; "insistent hunger"; "an instant need" [syn: clamant,
          crying, exigent, insistent]
      n 1: a very short time (as the time it takes the eye blink or the
           heart to beat); "if I had the chance I'd do it in a
           flash" [syn: blink of an eye, flash, heartbeat, jiffy,
            split second, trice, twinkling, wink, New York
      2: a particular point in time; "the moment he arrived the party
         began" [syn: moment, minute, second]