1. exact moment, very short time






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it happened in an instant/instantly

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'Instant' is a word that can be used as a noun or an adjective. As an adjective, it means something immediate, urgent or pressing. "The use of video cameras will result in immediate ejection from the cinema." As a noun, 'an instant' refers to a short or precise period of time. 'I'll be with you in an instant." "For an instant, I thought she was going to fire me."

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  1. I had no time to prepare for the rain. It came down in an instant and I got soaked!
  2. I don't like instant coffee. The real thing tastes much better.
  3. I listened to the presentation and I was instantly amazed. It was so interesting!

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  1. The reaction to the drug was instantaneous. There was an immediate result.
  2. The effects of the algorithm will not be instant but rather it gathers information over a period of time.

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