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 for transient
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Transient \Tran"sient\, a. [L. transiens, -entis, p. pr. of
     transire, transitum, to go or pass over. See Trance.]
     1. Passing before the sight or perception, or, as it were,
        moving over or across a space or scene viewed, and then
        disappearing; hence, of short duration; not permanent; not
        lasting or durable; not stationary; passing; fleeting;
        brief; transitory; as, transient pleasure. "Measured this
        transient world." --Milton.
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     2. Hasty; momentary; imperfect; brief; as, a transient view
        of a landscape.
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     3. Staying for a short time; not regular or permanent; as, a
        transient guest; transient boarders. [Colloq. U. S.]
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     Syn: Transient, Transitory, Fleeting.
  
     Usage: Transient represents a thing as brief at the best;
            transitory, as liable at any moment to pass away.
            Fleeting goes further, and represents it as in the act
            of taking its flight. Life is transient; its joys are
            transitory; its hours are fleeting.
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                  What is loose love? A transient gust. --Pope
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                  If [we love] transitory things, which soon
                  decay,
                  Age must be loveliest at the latest day.
                                                    --Donne.
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                  O fleeting joys
                  Of Paradise, dear bought with lasting woes.
                                                    --Milton.
            [1913 Webster] -- Tran"sient*ly, adv. --
            Tran"sient*ness, n.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Transient \Tran"sient\, n.
     That which remains but for a brief time. --Glanvill.
     [1913 Webster] Transilience

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  transient
      adj 1: of a mental act; causing effects outside the mind [syn:
             transeunt, transient] [ant: immanent, subjective]
      2: lasting a very short time; "the ephemeral joys of childhood";
         "a passing fancy"; "youth's transient beauty"; "love is
         transitory but it is eternal"; "fugacious blossoms" [syn:
         ephemeral, passing, short-lived, transient,
         transitory, fugacious]
      n 1: one who stays for only a short time; "transient laborers"
      2: (physics) a short-lived oscillation in a system caused by a
         sudden change of voltage or current or load

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  188 Moby Thesaurus words for "transient":
     able to adapt, adaptable, adjustable, adventurer, alpinist,
     alterable, alterative, arising, astronaut, board-and-roomer,
     boarder, brief, brittle, camper, capricious, changeable, checkered,
     circumforaneous, climber, comers and goers, coming, commuter,
     compact, compendious, concise, corruptible, cosmopolite, cruiser,
     curt, curtal, curtate, deciduous, decurtate, disappearing,
     discursive, dissolving, divagatory, drifting, dying, emanating,
     emanative, emanent, emergent, emerging, ephemeral, errant,
     evanescent, evaporating, ever-changing, excursionist, explorer,
     fading, fare, fickle, fleeting, flexible, flitting, floating,
     fluid, fly-by-night, flying, footloose, footloose and fancy-free,
     forthcoming, fragile, frail, fugacious, fugitive, gadding,
     globe-girdler, globe-trotter, goer, gypsy-like, gypsyish, hajji,
     impermanent, impetuous, impulsive, inconstant, instantaneous,
     insubstantial, issuing, jet set, jet-setter, journeyer,
     kaleidoscopic, landloping, lessee, little, lodger, low, malleable,
     many-sided, mariner, meandering, melting, metamorphic, migrational,
     migratory, mobile, modifiable, momentaneous, momentary, mortal,
     mountaineer, movable, mutable, nomad, nomadic, nondurable,
     nonpermanent, nonuniform, palmer, passenger, passer, passerby,
     passing, pathfinder, paying guest, perishable, permutable, pilgrim,
     pioneer, plastic, protean, proteiform, rambling, ranging, renter,
     resilient, roaming, roomer, roving, rubberneck, rubbernecker,
     rubbery, sailor, shifting, short, short and sweet, short-lived,
     short-term, sightseer, sojourner, straggling, straphanger,
     straying, strolling, subject to death, succinct, summary, supple,
     surfacing, synoptic, temporal, temporary, temporary lodger, tenant,
     tourer, tourist, trailblazer, trailbreaker, traipsing, transeunt,
     transient guest, transitive, transitory, transmigratory, traveler,
     trekker, tripper, underlessee, undurable, unenduring, unstable,
     vagabond, vagrant, vanishing, variable, viator, visiting fireman,
     volatile, voortrekker, voyager, voyageur, wandering, wayfarer,
     world-traveler
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  transient
  
     1.  A sudden, brief increase in current or
     voltage in a circuit that can damage sensitive components
     and instruments.
  
     (2003-06-12)
  
     2.  A software object with a short and limited
     lifetime which is not saved for later reuse.
  
     (1998-04-19)
  

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