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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

What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today when human contacts go so fast. Fashion is instant language.
Miuccia Prada

Laughter is an instant vacation.
Milton Berle

To me, the magic of photography, per se, is that you can capture an instant of a second that couldn't exist before and couldn't exist after. It's almost like a cowboy that draws his gun. You draw a second before or after, you miss and you're dead - not them. To me, photography's always like that.
Mario Testino

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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