Next, consider 2004, when instant polls showed John Kerry beating George W. Bush in their first debate.
One of the ironies of instant communication it seems is that no one is ever available to talk.
See a picture you like, and you can instant message that person to ask if they want to hook up.
He will surely be an instant co-frontrunner along with Mitt Romney.
Still staring into her daughter's eyes, she reaches an instant, instinctual decision.
The blow had in an instant crushed all the light out of her life.
The venerable Persian gazed at her for an instant, and then clasped her to his bosom.
So Calvin's eye saw in an instant, and he applauded Beza's boldness.
One swift glance had shown him there was no way of instant retreat.
The cock was down, the pan and muzzle were black with the smoke; it had been that instant fired.
late 14c., "infinitely short space of time," from Old French instant (adj.) "assiduous, at hand," from Medieval Latin instantem (nominative instans), in classical Latin "present, pressing, urgent," literally "standing near," present participle of instare "to urge, to stand near, be present (to urge one's case)," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Elliptical use of the French adjective as a noun.
mid-15c., "present, urgent," from Old French instant (14c.), from Latin instantem (nominative instans) "pressing, urgent," literally "standing near" (see instant (n.)). Meaning "now, present" is from 1540s, and led to the use of the word in dating of correspondence, in reference to the current month, often abbreviated inst. and persisting at least into the mid-19c. Thus 16th inst. means "sixteenth of the current month." Sense of "immediately" is from 1590s. Of foods, by 1912. Televised sports instant replay attested by 1965. Instant messaging attested by 1994.