Know Your Next Word : transient
9. transient :
not staying for a long time, temporary
The transient breeze provided some relief from the summer heat, but we were soon perspiring again.
The child's smile was transient. It disappeared as soon as the candy bar was gone.
A hotel's inhabitants are transient. They come and go and the population changes every night.
Transient can also be a noun.
A transient person is sometimes called a transient.
Hoboes, mendicants and other homeless people are often called transients.
A very similar word is transitory which means not lasting very long. A transient breeze might provide transitory relief from the heat. The breeze didn't stay very long. The relief didn't last very long.
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