/ˈɪnstənt / (say 'instuhnt)

1. an infinitesimal or very short space of time; a moment: 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. instant coffee.
5. succeeding without any interval of time; immediate: instant relief.
6. present; current (now used elliptically): the 10th instant (the tenth day of the present month).
7. pressing or urgent: instant need.
8. (of a foodstuff) processed for immediate and simple preparation, as by adding water: instant gravy.
9. produced rapidly with little effort or preparation: an instant picnic.
{late Middle English, from Latin instans, present participle, standing upon, insisting, being at hand}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.