Crossword clues for instant
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Instant \In"stant\, a. [L. instans, -antis, p. pr. of instare to stand upon, to press upon; pref. in- in, on + stare to stand: cf. F. instant. See Stand.]
Pressing; urgent; importunate; earnest.
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.
--Rom. xii. 1
I am beginning to be very instant for some sort of occupation.
2. Closely pressing or impending in respect to time; not deferred; immediate; without delay.
Impending death is thine, and instant doom.
The instant time is always the fittest time.
Note: The word in this sense is now used only in dates, to indicate the current month; as, the tenth of July instant.
Instant \In"stant\, adv. Instantly. [Poetic]
Instant he flew with hospitable haste.
Instant \In"stant\, n. [F. instant, fr. L. instans standing by, being near, present. See Instant, a.]
A point in time; a moment; a portion of time too short to be estimated; also, any particular moment; as, teh situation may change in an instant.
There is scarce an instant between their flourishing and their not being.
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.,
Syn: Moment; flash; second.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., "infinitely short space of time," from Old French instant (adj.) "assiduous, at hand," from Medieval Latin instantem (nominative instans), in classical Latin "present, pressing, urgent," literally "standing near," present participle of instare "to urge, to stand near, be present (to urge one's case)," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Elliptical use of the French adjective as a noun.
mid-15c., "present, urgent," from Old French instant (14c.), from Latin instantem (nominative instans) "pressing, urgent," literally "standing near" (see instant (n.)). Meaning "now, present" is from 1540s, and led to the use of the word in dating of correspondence, in reference to the current month, often abbreviated inst. and persisting at least into the mid-19c. Thus 16th inst. means "sixteenth of the current month." Sense of "immediately" is from 1590s. Of foods, by 1912. Televised sports instant replay attested by 1965. Instant messaging attested by 1994.
Etymology 1 n. 1 A very short period of time; a moment. 2 A single, usually precise, point in time. 3 An instant beverage or food, especially instant coffee. 4 A day of the current month (''abbreviated as'': inst.) Etymology 2
a. 1 (context dated English) impending; imminent. 2 (context dated English) urgent; pressing; acute. 3 Occurring immediately; immediate; present. adv. (context poetic English) at once; immediately.
adj. occurring with no delay; "relief was instantaneous"; "instant gratification" [syn: instantaneous, instant(a)]
in or of the present month; "your letter of the 10th inst" [syn: inst]
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. 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 minute]
The continuous nature of time and its infinite divisibility was addressed by Aristotle in his Physics, where he wrote on Zeno's paradoxes. The philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell was still seeking to define the exact nature of an instant thousands of years later.
In physics, a theoretical lower-bound unit of time called the Planck time has been proposed, that being the time required for light to travel a distance of 1 Planck length. The Planck time is theorized to be the smallest time measurement that will ever be possible, roughly 10 seconds. Within the framework of the laws of physics as they are understood today, for times less than one Planck time apart, one can neither measure nor detect any change. It is therefore physically impossible, with current technology, to determine if any action exists that causes a reaction in "an instant", rather than a reaction occurring after an interval of time too short to observe or measure.
, the smallest time interval that was directly measured was on the order of 12 attoseconds (12 × 10 seconds), about 10 times larger than the Planck time.
Instant is a double compact disc by the Dutch experimental post-punk band The Ex. The band recorded the album in conjunction with many guest musicians, notably members of Holland's Instant Composers Pool (ICP) for whom the album is partially named, the other part being that the Dutch term for " free improvisation" literally translates to "instant composition."
Usage examples of "instant".
As the Abyssinian tumbled from his saddle the possibility of escape which was represented by the riderless horse electrified the ape-man to instant action.
And with a strange shock he suddenly realized that he was, at this instant, for the first time, seeing the being who lay beside him in the dark through the mental eyes of a body which itself had been born in an Afric forest.
An unseen hand must have given a signal, for in the next instant they were all agallop again, sundering on amid the rising dust.
I would relieve you in an instant if your daughters were ugly, but as it is they are pretty, and that alters the case.
The two women had taken an instant dislike to one another upon meeting many years before and that dislike had grown steadily worse since Amala had become the consort of Commodore Lexis, the OIC of the Ministry of Public Education.
Most of the hysterical antipollution Instant Experts so dearly love their personal wheels that they forgive their dear beasts any nasty stink they may produce.
The bodies of the ants began to pile up and for a fleeting instant, Felix thought that they would get them all by killing the handful that could squeeze through effectively.
There was a short struggle at the surface, and then a swirl of waters, a little eddy, and a burst of bubbles soon smoothed out by the flowing current marked for the instant the spot where Tarzan of the Apes, Lord of the Jungle, disappeared from the sight of men beneath the gloomy waters of the dark and forbidding Ugambi.
This time everything went well, but Sandy Apgar was near at hand, though out of sight of the camera, to be ready to jump on the instant, if the horses showed any signs of fright.
When Apollyon met Christian he was not in doubt for an instant, for the monster was hideous to behold: he had scales like a fish, wings like a dragon, feet like a bear, out of his belly came fire and smoke, and his mouth was as the mouth of a lion.
The three men looked at it, appraisingly, and all saw it at the same instant: in the middle of the forehead, the eyeless head showed an indentation.
CY Aquarii, which had been a soft white patch, became for an instant a tiny bright point of agony.
He remembered how she had looked at Ardoise in that instant when she thought Jai was giving her the Skolian.
For an instant, Asherah disgusted herself by throwing up her arms, as if they could protect her foolish skull from any chunks of rock that might shake loose from the ceiling.
In that instant, Atlee realized that The Shadow had not found opportunity to draw a gun.