Definitions

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  • adv. In a transient manner; momentarily; briefly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a transient manner; in passing; for a short time; not with continuance; transitorily.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. for a very short time

Etymologies

transient +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His hand, falling lightly upon the man's shoulder, brought him squarely about, his expression transiently startled, if not a shade truculent.

    The Bronze Bell

  • They smiled at his name transiently, but in agreement: the tattler-spout of their set was, a fatal person to encounter, and each deemed the sudden apparition of him in the very early morning along the Carlsruhe road rather magical.

    The Amazing Marriage — Volume 2

  • Can we think that he takes a sufficiently discerning and religious view of her office and destiny _ever_ to do her justice, except when prompted by sentiment, -- accidentally or transiently, that is, for the sentiment will vary according to the relations in which he is placed?

    Woman in the Ninteenth Century and Kindred Papers Relating to the Sphere, Condition and Duties, of Woman.

  • Before that condition is reached, even transiently which is also the case with our solar system, things are chaotic with a lot of entropy.

    Multi-Planet System is Chaotic, Dusty | Universe Today

  • When I've suffered from paranoia, it has lasted a long time, not just "transiently" and "under-stress".

    www.mentallyinteresting.org.uk | Pole to Polar: The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive

  • Being now retired and never having been in the police force and only transiently in the civil service — although I must say the large corporate I worked for for 35 years did try its very best to adhere to the official Home Office-approved diversity navel-gazing standards — I feel rather left out of this act of collective absolution.

    Thanks For Telling Me What I Think « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • You can use all the statistical BS you want to try and convince others, but I cannot be convinced of the impossible idea that allowing any and every person who wants to transiently cross the borders of countries any which way the wind blows is ever good for anyone other than those who exploit them and themselves.

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » Immigration and Crime

  • We estimated that higher ambient levels of the traffic-associated pollutants, PM10 and NO2, were followed by a transiently increased risk of myocardial infarction up to six hours later, the authors write.

    Traffic fumes can trigger heart attacks, say researchers

  • It was especially interesting, he said, that pancreatic function was at least transiently restored in people who have had the disease for years.

    Drug Offers Hope In Diabetes Study

  • I am the unquenched spark ever flashing and astonishing the face of time, ever working my will and wreaking my passion on the cloddy aggregates of matter, called bodies, which I have transiently inhabited.

    Chapter 12

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