instantaneous adj : occurring with no delay; "relief was instantaneous"; "instant gratification" [syn: instant(a)]
Etymology, 17th century
- Rhymes: -eɪniəs
- 1631, William Twisse, A discovery of D. Iacksons vanitie, ch.
6, p. 223,
- This instantaneous motion is supposed by you, to be infinitely swift.
- 1766, Oliver
Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield, ch. 14.
- However, no lovers in romance ever cemented a more instantaneous friendship.
- 1813, Jane Austen,
Pride and Prejudice, ch. 57,
- The colour now rushed into Elizabeth's cheeks in the instantaneous conviction of its being a letter from the nephew.
- 1907, Joseph
Conrad, The Secret Agent, ch. 4,
- It's the principle of the pneumatic instantaneous shutter for a camera lens.
Spector jury given graphic account of actress 'murder' Times
Online, London, 30 May (retrieved 13 July 2007),
- He said that the bullet went through her head, severed her spine and death would have been almost instantaneous.
- Webster 1828}}
Instantaneous means appearing on the moment, example:
alert, apt, brief, compact, compendious, concise, curt, curtal, curtate, decisive, decurtate, expeditious, fast, hair-trigger, immediate, instant, lightning-like, little, low, momentaneous, momentary, presto, prompt, punctual, quick, quick as lightning, quick as thought, rapid, ready, short, short and sweet, speedy, spontaneous, succinct, summary, swift, synoptic, transient, transitory