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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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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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