Instant

Definition of Instant

In´stant
a.1.
1.Pressing; urgent; importunate; earnest.
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.
- Rom. xii. 12.
I am beginning to be very instant for some sort of occupation.
- Carlyle.
2.Closely pressing or impending in respect to time; not deferred; immediate; without delay.
Impending death is thine, and instant doom.
- Prior.
3.Present; current.
The instant time is always the fittest time.
- Fuller.
adv.1.Instantly.
Instant he flew with hospitable haste.
- Pope.
n.1.
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 an instant.
There is scarce an instant between their flourishing and their not being.
- Hooker.
2.A day of the present or current month; as, the sixth instant; - an elliptical expression equivalent to the sixth of the month instant, i. e., the current month. See Instant, a., 3.

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