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Definitions of instant

  1. a very short time ( as the time it takes to blink once); " if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"
  2. demanding attention; " clamant needs"; " a crying need"; " regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous"- H. L. Mencken; " insistent hunger"; " an instant need"
  3. in or of the present month; " your letter of the 10th inst"
  4. a particular point in time; " the moment he arrived the party began"
  5. occurring with no delay; " relief was instantaneous"; " instant gratification"
  6. 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"
  7. Pressing; urgent; importunate; earnest.
  8. Closely pressing or impending in respect to time; not deferred; immediate; without delay.
  9. Present; current.
  10. Instantly.
  11. A point in duration; a moment; a portion of time too short to be estimated; also, any particular moment.
  12. 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.
  13. Urgent, immediate; passing; of the present month; as, the tenth instant.
  14. A particular moment of time.
  15. Pressing, urgent: immediate: quick: without delay: present, current, as the passing month.
  16. The present moment of time: any moment or point of time.
  17. Immediate; urgent.
  18. Moment of time.
  19. Immediately impending.
  20. Now passing; current.
  21. A point of time.
  22. A moment; second.
  23. Pressing; urgent; making no delay; present; current, as on the 10th instant.
  24. A point in duration; a moment; a particular time.
  25. Immediate; present; without delay; urgent; current.
  26. A point in duration; a moment.
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Quotes of instant

  1. My view is different. Public relations are a key component of any operation in this day of instant communications and rightly inquisitive citizens. – Alvin Adams
  2. A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you. – Brigitte Bardot
  3. Yes, my life is a life of combat; I can say that this has never stopped for a single instant It is a combat that started for me at the age of 16. I'm 90 years old now, and my motivation hasn't changed; it's the same fervour that drives me. – Ahmed Ben Bella
  4. Laughter is an instant vacation. – Milton Berle
  5. I would do the occasional score. I thought it was the most thrilling thing. It was instant You made the music and they played it right away to millions of people. I found it thrilling. – Elmer Bernstein
  6. Grief is the agony of an instant The indulgence of grief the blunder of a life. – Benjamin Disraeli
  7. There exists only the present instant a Now which always and without end is itself new. There is no yesterday nor any tomorrow, but only Now, as it was a thousand years ago and as it will be a thousand years hence. – Meister Eckhart
  8. You can change a person's life in an instant put him in a movie, and you start thinking differently, you want to be in another movie. It's like an addiction almost. – Dennis Farina
  9. The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler. – Franz Kafka
  10. The only character I ever remember actually creating in a flash of inspiration was George Liquor. God planted that in my head in an instant – John Kricfalusi
  11. The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security. – Thomas Paine
  12. Ancient recipients of instant news probably couldn't do very much about it, for instance. Xerxes would still need three months to get his army together, and he might not get home for years. – Peter Singer
  13. When I got my first glimpse of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, my breath caught. In that single instant he was Wolverine. – Len Wein
  14. I have lately returned from Harpers Ferry, to which place I was suddenly called, on the 17th instant by causes the most disturbing and destructive to the peace and safety of this State. – Henry A. Wise

Usage examples for instant

  1. But it was only for an instant that he remained thus. – The Girl Aviators' Motor Butterfly by Margaret Burnham
  2. The idea caught instant hold. – The Return of Tharn by Howard Carleton Browne
  3. In another instant I was able to see also. – The Film Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve
  4. For an instant the two men looked into each other's eyes. – Judith of the Cumberlands by Alice MacGowan
  5. Hester looked grave on the instant – A Houseful of Girls by Sarah Tytler
  6. Quit this this instant I tell you! – Four Little Blossoms at Oak Hill School by Mabel C. Hawley
  7. I will go this instant to your mistress. – David Elginbrod by George MacDonald
  8. So she turned away for another instant and when she looked again he was gone. – Fairies and Folk of Ireland by William Henry Frost
  9. I think that for an instant she had been frightened at her own words. – The Passionate Friends by Herbert George Wells
  10. But an instant later he changed his mind. – The Raid on the Termites by Paul Ernst
  11. But in an instant I was back again. – Simon Dale by Anthony Hope
  12. I saw it all in one instant and in one instant all was over. – The Purple Cloud by M.P. Shiel
  13. Come down this instant – The Quality of Mercy by W. D. Howells
  14. Jan was too far away to whisper the answer to her; but the instant the child caught her father's eye she knew what she must say. – The Emperor of Portugallia by Selma Lagerlof
  15. Barbican has not an instant to lose. – All Around the Moon by Jules Verne
  16. The instant thought in the young man's mind was: What's Angela done now? – Angela's Business by Henry Sydnor Harrison
  17. Stop an instant my old fellow! – The Invasion of France in 1814 by Émile Erckmann Alexandre Chatrian
  18. After an instant while he watched her, she added: " Thee has not heard my lord is to marry?" – The Weavers, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  19. The whole was the affair of an instant – The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli
  20. Almost at the same instant I saw her hand fly up and heard her voice. – An Amiable Charlatan by E. Phillips Oppenheim
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