What does the word transitory mean?

Usage examples for transitory

  1. Such is the spirit of the proceedings in the doubtful and transitory state of things between enmity and friendship. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  2. These few hours of gaiety and excitement were to provide the Cruces people with food and clothing for as many days; and while their transitory sun shone, I will do them the justice to say they gathered in their hay busily. – Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands by Mary Seacole Commentator: W. H. Russell
  3. The pressure of circumstances with its peculiar influence surprised them and forced a transitory greatness upon them, which they never could have possessed and perhaps will never possess again. – The Revolt of The Netherlands, Complete by Frederich Schiller