I. WORDS EXPRESSING ABSTRACT RELATIONS

VI. TIME

1. ABSOLUTE TIME

[Short duration] Transientness.

[Antonyms: diuturnity, perpetuity.]

[Nouns] transience, transientness; evanascence, impermanence, fugacity, caducity, mortality, span; nine days' wonder, bubble, Mayfly; spurt; flash in the pan; temporary arrangement, interregnum.

velocity [more]; suddenness [more]; changeableness [more].

transient, transient boarder, transient guest [U.S.].

[Verbs] be transient; flit, pass away, fly, gallop, vanish, fade, evaporate; pass away like a cloud, pass away like a summer cloud, pass away like a shadow, pass away like a dream.

[Adjectives] transient, transitory, transitive; passing, evanescent, fleeting, cursory, short-lived, ephemeral; flying; fugacious, fugitive; shifting, slippery; spasmodic; instantaneous, momentaneous.

temporal, temporary; provisional, provisory; deciduous; perishable, mortal, precarious, unstable, insecure; impermanent.

brief, quick, brisk, extemporaneous, summary; pressed for time (haste) [more]; sudden, momentary (instantaneous) [more].

[Adverbs] temporarily; pro tempore; for the moment, for a time; awhile, en passant, in transitu; in a short time; soon (early) [more]; briefly; at short notice; on the point of, on the eve of; in articulo; between cup and lip.

[Phrases] one's days are numbered; the time is up; here today and gone tomorrow; non semper erit aestas ["It will not always be summer" (Latin)]; eheu! fugaces labuntur anni ["Alas! The fleeting years slip away" (Latin)]; sic transit gloria mundi ["Thus passes the glory of the world" (Latin)]; a schoolboy's tale, the wonder of the hour! [Byron]; dum loquimur fugerit invidia aetas ["While we are speaking hatefully to each other the summer flies away" (Latin)]; fugit hora ["Time (literally, the hour) flies" (Latin)]; all that is transitory is but an illusion [Goethe].

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