from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Occurring or completed without perceptible delay: Relief was instantaneous.
- adj. Done or made as quickly or directly as possible: an instantaneous reply to my letter.
- adj. Present or occurring at a specific instant: instantaneous velocity; instantaneous pressure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Occurring, arising, or functioning without any delay; happening within an imperceptibly brief period of time.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Done or occurring in an instant, or without any perceptible duration of time.
- adj. At or during a given instant
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Done or produced in an instant; occurring or acting without any perceptible lapse of time.
- In mech., existing in or referring to an instant of time; momentary: as, instantaneous position, displacement, velocity, acceleration, etc. (that is, the position, etc., at any instant).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. occurring with no delay
Academic bloggers find that their community of readers often act as fact-checkers or engage the blogger in instantaneous debate over specific points before the book reaches the concretized state of print.
We desire to speak of those photographic apparatus called instantaneous shutters.
Accordingly, Birchcliff encourages its shareholders to focus on quarterly average production rates and not short term instantaneous production numbers that are very high but not sustainable.
Other than that, the overall evacuation of * three million* in instantaneous order was quite well done.]
All the letters are written while the hearts of the writers must be supposed to be wholly engaged in their subjects (the events at the time generally dubious): so that they abound not only in critical situations, but with what may be called instantaneous descriptions and reflections (proper to be brought home to the breast of the youthful reader;) as also with affecting conversations; many of them written in the dialogue or dramatic way.
You are attempting to leave heat capacity out of the discussion, nad arguig that temperature increases shoudl be instantaneous, which is absurd.
Now quantum physics has moved us to a more uncanny realization: that at some level this commonality extends to what can be described as an instantaneous mutual awareness among all particles, regardless of the distance of separation.
All other values which very continuously and, thus, are different at any time are called instantaneous values and are designated by u (or i).
The so-called instantaneous or asymmetric short-circuit current involves high electrodynamic loads for the installation parts immediately on its occurence.
I tremble even now as I recall the instantaneous effect of those words.
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