- Pressing; urgent; importunate; earnest.
- Closely pressing or impending in respect to time; not deferred; immediate; without delay.
- Present; current.
- A point in duration; a moment; a portion of time too short to be estimated; also, any particular moment.
- A day of the present or current month; as, the sixth instant; -- an elliptical expression equivalent to the sixth of the month instant, i. e., the current month. See Instant, a., 3.