I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin instant-, instans, from instant-, instans, adjective, instant, from Latin Date: 14th century 1. an infinitesimal space of time; especially a point in time separating two states <
at the instant of death
2. the present or current month II. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin instant-, instans, from present participle of instare to stand upon, urge, from in- + stare to stand — more at stand Date: 15th century 1. importunate, urgent 2. a. present, current <
previous felonies not related to the instant crime
b. of or occurring in the present month — abbreviation inst 3. immediate, direct <
the play was an instant success
4. a. (1) premixed or precooked for easy final preparation <
instant pudding
(2) appearing in or as if in ready-to-use form <
instant poetry
b. immediately soluble in water <
instant coffee
5. produced or occurring with or as if with extreme rapidity and ease • instantness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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