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TRANSIENT, adjective tran'shent. [Latin transiens, transeo; trans and eo.]

1. Passing; not stationary; hence, of short duration; not permanent; not lasting or durable. How transient are the pleasures of this life!

--Measur'd this transient world.

2. Hasty; momentary; imperfect; as a transient view of a landscape.

TRANSIENT person, a person that is passing or traveling through a place; one without a settled habitation.