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