1. <electronics> A sudden, brief increase in current or voltage in a circuit that can damage sensitive components and instruments.

2. <software> A software object with a short and limited lifetime which is not saved for later reuse.

(01 Apr 1998)

1. Short-lived; passing; not permanent; said of a disease or an attack.

2. A short-lived cardiac sound having little duration (less than 0.12 second) as distinct from a murmur; e.g., first, second, third, and fourth heart sounds, clicks, and opening snaps.

Origin: L. Transeo, pres. P. Transiens, to cross over

(05 Mar 2000)