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New Latin, 17th century
instantaneous (not comparable)
- Occurring, arising, or functioning without any delay; happening within an imperceptibly brief period of time.
- 1631, Twisse, William, chapter VI, in A Discovery of D. Iacksons vanitie, page 223:
- This instantaneous motion is supposed by you, to be infinitely swift.
- 1766 March, [Oliver Goldsmith], “Fresh Mortifications, or a Demonstration that Seeming Calamities may be Real Blessings”, in The Vicar of Wakefield: A Tale. Supposed to be Written by Himself, volume I, Salisbury, Wiltshire: Printed by B. Collins, for F[rancis] Newbery, […], OCLC 938500648, page 137:
- However, no lovers in romance ever cemented a more inſtantaneous friendſhip.
- 1813 January 27, [Jane Austen], chapter XV, in Pride and Prejudice: A Novel. In Three Volumes, volume III, London: Printed [by George Sidney] for T[homas] Egerton, […], OCLC 38659585, page 262:
- The colour now rushed into Elizabeth's cheeks in the instantaneous conviction of its being a letter from the nephew, instead of the aunt; [...]
- 1906 January–October, Joseph Conrad, chapter IV, in The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale, London: Methuen & Co., […], published 1907, OCLC 270548466; The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Collection of British Authors; 3995), copyright edition, Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1907, OCLC 1107573959, pages 68–69:
- I walk always with my right hand closed round the india-rubber ball which I have in my trouser pocket. The pressing of this ball actuates a detonator inside the flask I carry in my pocket. It's the principle of the pneumatic instantaneous shutter for a camera lens.
occurring, arising, or functioning without any delay; happening within an imperceptibly brief period of time
- Webster, Noah (1828), “instantaneous”, in An American Dictionary of the English Language
- instantaneous in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “instantaneous” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
- "instantaneous" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
- "instantaneous" in Compact Oxford English Dictionary, (Oxford University Press, 2007)
- Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989)