instant


instant
{{11}}instant (adj.) mid-15c., "present, urgent," from O.Fr. instant (14c.), from L. instantem (nom. instans) "pressing, urgent," lit. "standing near" (see INSTANT (Cf. instant) (n.)). Meaning "now, present" is from 1540s, and led to the use of the word in dating of correspondence, in reference to the current month, often abbreviated inst. and persisting at least into the mid-19c. Thus 16th inst. means "sixteenth of the current month." Sense of "immediately" is from 1590s. Of foods, by 1912. Televised sports instant replay attested by 1965. Instant messaging attested by 1994.
{{12}}instant (n.) late 14c., "infinitely short space of time," from O.Fr. instant (adj.) "assiduous, at hand," from M.L. instantem (nom. instans), in classical Latin "present, pressing, urgent," lit. "standing near," prp. of instare "to urge, to stand near, be present (to urge one's case)," from in- "in" (see IN- (Cf. in-) (2)) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see STET (Cf. stet)). Elliptical use of the French adjective as a noun.

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  • instant — n Instant, moment, minute, second, flash, jiffy, twinkling, split second are comparable when they mean a particular point of time or a stretch of time of almost imperceptible duration. Instant and moment are often used interchangeably {to us …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Instant — In stant, n. [F. instant, fr. L. instans standing by, being near, present. See {Instant}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. A point in time; a moment; a portion of time too short to be estimated; also, any particular moment; as, teh situation may change in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • instant — in·stant adj: being under present consideration the questions presented in the instant case Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. instant …   Law dictionary

  • Instant — In stant, a. [L. instans, antis, p. pr. of instare to stand upon, to press upon; pref. in in, on + stare to stand: cf. F. instant. See {Stand}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Pressing; urgent; importunate; earnest. [1913 Webster] Rejoicing in hope; patient… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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