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INSTANT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does instant mean? 

INSTANT (noun)
  The noun INSTANT has 2 senses:

1. a very short time (as the time it takes the eye blink or the heart to beat)
2. a particular point in time

  Familiarity information: INSTANT used as a noun is rare.


INSTANT (adjective)
  The adjective INSTANT has 3 senses:

1. occurring with no delay
2. in or of the present month
3. demanding attention

  Familiarity information: INSTANT used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INSTANT (noun)


Sense 1instant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A very short time (as the time it takes the eye blink or the heart to beat)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

wink; twinkling; trice; split second; New York minute; jiffy; instant; blink of an eye; heartbeat; flash

Context example:

if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash

Hypernyms ("instant" is a kind of...):

bit; minute; moment; second (an indefinitely short time)


Sense 2instant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A particular point in time

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

moment; instant; minute; second

Context example:

the moment he arrived the party began

Hypernyms ("instant" is a kind of...):

point; point in time (an instant of time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "instant"):

climax; culmination (the decisive moment in a novel or play)

eleventh hour; last minute (the latest possible moment)

moment of truth (a crucial moment on which much depends)

moment of truth (the moment in a bullfight when the matador kills the bull)

pinpoint (a very brief moment)

time (a suitable moment)

psychological moment (the most appropriate time for achieving a desired effect)


INSTANT (adjective)


Sense 1instant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Occurring with no delay

Synonyms:

instant; instantaneous

Context examples:

relief was instantaneous / instant gratification

Similar:

fast (acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly)


Sense 2instant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In or of the present month

Synonyms:

inst; instant

Context example:

your letter of the 10th inst

Similar:

present (temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration)


Sense 3instant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Demanding attention

Synonyms:

exigent; crying; clamant; insistent; instant

Context examples:

clamant needs / a crying need / regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous / insistent hunger / an instant need

Similar:

imperative (requiring attention or action)


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