, present participle of transire 'to go across', from ire 'to go'
1continuing only for a short time:
2working or staying somewhere for only a short time:
a transient population
WORD FOCUS: short WORD FOCUS: short speech/piece of writing:brief, concise, condensed, abridged person:not very tall, little, tiny, petite time/event:brief, quick, momentary, fleeting, ephemeral, transient, passing, short-lived legs/fingers:stumpy, stubby clothes:skimpy ➔ See alsoshort
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.