1 moment, point, second, time:
I was thinking of you at the very instant the phone rang.
2 moment, second, minute, flash, twinkling (of an eye), trice, Colloq jiffy:
I'll be with you in an instant, sir.
3 instantaneous, immediate, on the spot, overnight:
His novel was an instant best seller.
4 urgent, crying, pressing, earnest, imperative, critical, exigent; split-second, direct:
We have an instant need for a computer specialist.
5 ready-made, ready-mixed, prepared, ready-to-serve, precooked:
This is an instant soup - just add hot water to the powder.
1 short period of time
For a brief instant, I thought she was going to fall.
| one, single
His news was too important to be contained for a single instant longer.
VERB + INSTANT
He paused for an instant before continuing.
for an ~
Just for an instant I thought he was going to refuse.
| in an ~
It was all over in an instant.
| ~ after/before
She woke up in the instant before the phone rang.
2 single point in time
(any) given, (any) one
At any given instant the distribution of molecular speeds is always constant under the same conditions.
He took out his keys to lock the door. At that very instant the door flew open and a man ran into the room.
at … ~
The bomb could go off at any instant. adj
His response was almost instant. Latest queries: propriety, revising, visible, Organizer, gasp, aspectÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â , prepare, School, discussive, forces, sort-out, poison, compliment, formulate, hatter, occurence, overcome, terrestrial, procreative, instant,