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Etymology 1

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] instans “a moment of time”, formed as the adjective.

Noun

Singular
instant

Plural
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  1. A very short period of time; a moment.
    • She paused for only an instant, which was just enough time for John to change the subject.
  2. A single, usually precise, point in time.
    • The instant the alarm went off, he fled the building.
  3. An instant beverage or food, especially instant coffee.
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Etymology 2

From Old and modern French instant, from Latin instant-, present participle stem of instare “be present”, “be at hand”.

Adjective

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Positive
instant

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. Impending; imminent.
  2. Urgent; pressing; acute.
  3. Occurring immediately; immediate; present.
  4. Lasting for a short moment; momentary; short-lived.
  5. Very quickly and easily prepared (food or drink), for example instant coffee.
  6. Of the current month (abbreviation inst.)
    • “I refer to your letter of the 16th inst. in regard to traffic disruption”
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Adverb

instant

  1. (poetic) At once; immediately.

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French

Pronunciation

Noun

instant m. (plural instants)

  1. instant, minute (short but unspecified period of time)

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Romanian

Etymology

English instant

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [in'stant]

Adjective

instant 4 nom/acc forms

  1. instant

Declension


Adverb

instant

  1. instantly

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