- instantly, instantaneouslyInstantly means ‘immediately’ and refers to the point at which something happens, whereas instantaneously means ‘in an instant’ and refers to the (imperceptibly short) period of time that something takes:
• He pressed the override switch and the computer came instantly to life —A. Haig, 1974
• Her throat had been slashed viciously, and she must have died almost instantaneously —R. Long, 1990.The result can often be the same, but the difference of emphasis is worth bearing in mind.
Modern English usage. 2014.
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instantaneously — index forthwith, instantly Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
instantaneously — instantaneous ► ADJECTIVE 1) occurring or done instantly. 2) Physics existing or measured at a particular instant. DERIVATIVES instantaneity noun instantaneously adverb instantaneousness noun … English terms dictionary
Instantaneously — Instantaneous In stan*ta ne*ous, a. [Cf. F. instantan[ e].] [1913 Webster] 1. Done or occurring in an instant, or without any perceptible duration of time; as, the passage of electricity appears to be instantaneous. [1913 Webster] His reason saw… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
instantaneously — adverb see instantaneous … New Collegiate Dictionary
instantaneously — See instantaneity. * * * … Universalium
instantaneously — adverb Without any delay; in an instantaneous manner. Syn: immediately, in a flash, instantly, outright, right now … Wiktionary
instantaneously — Synonyms and related words: at once, directly, forthwith, immediately, in a flash, in a jiff, in a jiffy, in a twink, in a twinkling, in no time, in nothing flat, in short order, instanter, instantly, just now, just then, momentaneously,… … Moby Thesaurus
instantaneously — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. promptly, directly, at once; see immediately , spontaneously … English dictionary for students
instantaneously — inÂ·stan taÂ·neÂ·ousÂ·ly || â€šÉªnstÉ™n teÉªnÉªÉ™slÉª adv. instantly, immediately, momentarily … English contemporary dictionary
instantaneously — ad.; (also instantly) Immediately, forthwith, instanter, in an instant, on the instant, in a moment, right away, without a moment s delay, all at once, on the moment, on the spur of the moment, in less than no time, quick as thought, quick as… … New dictionary of synonyms