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Definition of "instant" []

  • An almost imperceptible space of time. See Synonyms at moment. (noun)
  • A particular or precise time: at the instant of combustion. (noun)
  • The current month: your letter of the 15th instant. (noun)
  • A food or beverage designed for quick preparation. (noun)
  • Occurring at once; immediate: instant gratification. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "instant" in a sentence
  • "In the context of essence mahamudra, “enlightenment in an instant” uses the term instant in both meanings: the final moment that completes the path."
  • "He was an explosive scorer in Bloomington and the term instant offense comes to mind, although I'd like to see him work on his ballhandling skills for a possible move to the point."
  • "On my person at this instant is a CKRT M-16-10kz (because I misplaced my Estwing) and a Leatherman Wave."