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 Meanings and Examples of INSTANT
Definition Example Sentence Classic Sentence
instant
 n.  a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)
 a.  demanding attention
Classic Sentence: (210 in 15 pages)
1  In an instant the contents assumed a dull mahogany colour, and a brownish dust was precipitated to the bottom of the glass jar.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Context  Highlight   In PART I: CHAPTER I. MR. SHERLOCK HOLMES
2  His quiet self-confident manner convinced me that he had already formed a theory which explained all the facts, though what it was I could not for an instant conjecture.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Context  Highlight   In PART I: CHAPTER V. OUR ADVERTISEMENT BRINGS A VISITOR
3  The instant he entered I saw by his face that he had not been successful.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Context  Highlight   In PART I: CHAPTER V. OUR ADVERTISEMENT BRINGS A VISITOR
4  At that instant there was a sharp click, the jangling of metal, and Sherlock Holmes sprang to his feet again.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Context  Highlight   In PART I: CHAPTER VII. LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS
5  In an instant it reared up upon its hind legs with a snort of rage, and pranced and tossed in a way that would have unseated any but a most skilful rider.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Context  Highlight   In PART II: CHAPTER II. THE FLOWER OF UTAH
6  John Ferrier felt that instant death would be better than the suspense which shook his nerves and chilled his heart.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Context  Highlight   In PART II: CHAPTER IV. A FLIGHT FOR LIFE
7  Without halting for an instant, Snowball flung his fifteen stone against Jones's legs.
Animal Farm By George Orwell
Context  Highlight   In Chapter IV
8  More, they never lost, even for an instant, their sense of honour and privilege in being members of Animal Farm.
Animal Farm By George Orwell
Context  Highlight   In Chapter X
9  Jekyll was now my city of refuge; let but Hyde peep out an instant, and the hands of all men would be raised to take and slay him.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde By Robert Louis Stevenson
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER HENRY JEKYLL'S FULL STATEMENT OF THE CASE
10  In an instant what he stood on fell below him, and he was gone.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER XIII
11  He had turned the course of what he said at that instant, and she remained.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 2: CHAPTER VII
12  In the first instant of alighting, Mrs. Sparsit turned her distracted eyes towards the waiting coaches, which were in great request.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 2: CHAPTER X
13  The only support on which I leaned, and the strength of which it seemed, and still does seem, impossible to question, has given way in an instant.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 3: CHAPTER I
14  But they got through the Act with great self-possession; and Mr. Sleary, saving for the first instant, conveyed no more expression into his locomotive eye than into his fixed one.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 3: CHAPTER VI
15  He was speaking almost at the instant that the shaft left the bowstring, yet it alighted in the target two inches nearer to the white spot which marked the centre than that of Hubert.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XIII
Example Sentence: (26 in 2 pages)
1  From no words not talked about speechless, only need a silent instant just.
2  This account gives you instant access to your money.
3  The card gives you instant access to your savings.
4  The women took an instant dislike to one another.
5  There is no instant cure for this condition.
6  His attack on the manager led to his instant dismissal.
7  The show was an instant success.
8  With a glazed stare she revived for one last instant.
9  And then a spasm constricted her mouth for an instant: as it passed away she turned and left the room, and so did I.
10  After all the trouble of wooing and wedding, you found yourself deprived in an instant of wife and of fortune.
11  Eshton, observing me, seemed to propose that I should be asked to join them; but Lady Ingram instantly negatived the notion.
12  With that, the main obstacle to Russian admission would instantly disappear.
13  Fully clothed, he fell across his bunk and was instantly asleep.
14  But that is why NASA used test pilots, men used to handling life and death decisions in precarious situations and instantly making the right choice.
15  The Dormouse fell asleep instantly, and neither of the others took the least notice of her going.