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inst.

1.
instant (def 11).
3.
(usually initial capital letter) institute.
4.
(usually initial capital letter) institution.

instant

[in-stuh nt] /ˈɪn stənt/
noun
1.
an infinitesimal or very short space of time; a moment:
They arrived not an instant too soon.
2.
the point of time now present or present with reference to some action or event.
3.
a particular moment:
at the instant of contact.
4.
a food or beverage, especially coffee, specially processed for quick preparation.
5.
Older Use. the present or current month.
adjective
6.
succeeding without any interval of time; prompt; immediate:
instant relief from a headache.
7.
pressing or urgent:
instant need.
8.
noting a food or beverage requiring a minimal amount of time and effort to prepare, as by heating or the addition of milk or water, before being served or used:
instant coffee; instant pudding.
9.
occurring, done, or prepared with a minimal amount of time and effort; produced rapidly and with little preparation:
an instant book; instant answers; instant history.
10.
designed to act or produce results quickly or immediately:
an instant lottery.
11.
Older Use. of the present month:
your letter of the 12th instant.
Abbreviation: inst.
Compare proximo, ultimo.
12.
present; current:
the instant case before the court.
adverb
13.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; 1910-15; for def 8; Middle English < Latin instant- (stem of instāns) present participle of instāre to be present, urgent, equivalent to in- in-2 + -stā- stand + -nt- present participle suffix
Synonyms
1. second, twinkling, flash, jiffy, trice. See minute1 .
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British Dictionary definitions for inst

Inst.

abbreviation
1.
Institute
2.
Institution

instant

/ˈɪnstənt/
noun
1.
a very brief time; moment
2.
a particular moment or point in time at the same instant
3.
on the instant, immediately; without delay
adjective
4.
immediate; instantaneous
5.
(esp of foods) prepared or designed for preparation with very little time and effort instant coffee
6.
urgent or imperative
7.
(postpositive) (when abbreviated in formal correspondence)
  1. of the present month a letter of the 7th instant, inst Compare proximo, ultimo
  2. currently under consideration
adverb
8.
a poetic word for instantly
Word Origin
C15: from Latin instāns, from instāre to be present, press closely, from in-² + stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for inst
instant
late 14c., "infinitely short space of time," from O.Fr. instant (adj.) "assiduous, at hand," from M.L. instantem (nom. instans), from L. instantem "present, pressing, urgent," prp. of instare "to urge, to stand near, be present (to urge one's case)," from in- "in" + stare "to stand," from PIE base *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Elliptical use of the O.Fr. adj. as a noun. New Latinate adj. form instantaneous is attested from 1650s.
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Related Abbreviations for inst

inst.

  1. current month
  2. instant
  3. institute
  4. institution
  5. institutional
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