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Part of speech: Adjective

Urgent, immediate; passing; of the present month; as, the tenth instant.

Part of speech: Noun

A particular moment of time.

Usage examples "instant":
  • " This instant," said Mr. Montenero, " if you will do me the honour, Mrs. Harrington." - "Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond]", Maria Edgeworth.
  • Why you said you would not leave me for an instant. - "Le Morvan, [A District of France,] Its Wild Sports, Vineyards and Forests; with Legends, Antiquities, Rural and Local Sketches", Henri de Crignelle.
  • For an instant Echo's breath stopped. - "The Long Lane's Turning", Hallie Erminie Rives.