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Definition of Instant


  1. Pressing; urgent; importunate; earnest.
  2. Closely pressing or impending in respect to time; not deferred; immediate; without delay.
  3. Present; current.
  4. Instantly.
  5. A point in duration; a moment; a portion of time too short to be estimated; also, any particular moment.
  6. 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.

Instant Quotations

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
Dorothea Lange

In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.

Laughter is an instant vacation.
Milton Berle

A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.
Brigitte Bardot

One look at an email can rob you of 15 minutes of focus. One call on your cell phone, one tweet, one instant message can destroy your schedule, forcing you to move meetings, or blow off really important things, like love, and friendship.
Jacqueline Leo
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Instant Translations

instant in Afrikaans is rukkie, oomblik
instant in Dutch is moment, oogwenk, ogenblik, tel
instant in Finnish is hetki
instant in French is moment
instant in German is sofort, tafelfertig {m}, Augenblick {m}, Moment
instant in Italian is momento
instant in Portuguese is imediato
instant in Spanish is momentito, instante, momento
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