fleeting

fleeting
fleeting (adj.) early 13c., "fickle, shifting, unstable," from O.E. fleotende "floating, drifting," later "flying, moving swiftly," from prp. of fleotan (see FLEET (Cf. fleet) (v.)). Meaning "existing only briefly" is from 1560s.

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  • Fleeting — Fleet ing, a. Passing swiftly away; not durable; transient; transitory; as, the fleeting hours or moments. Syn: Evanescent; ephemeral. See {Transient}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fleeting — index brief, elusive, ephemeral, temporary, transient, transitory, volatile Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • fleeting — evanescent, fugitive, passing, transitory, *transient, ephemeral, momentary, short lived Antonyms: lasting …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • fleeting — [adj] brief, transient cursory, ephemeral, evanescent, fading, flash in the pan*, flitting, flying, fugacious, fugitive, impermanent, meteoric, momentary, passing, short, short lived, sudden, temporary, transitory, vanishing, volatile; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • fleeting — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ lasting for a very short time. DERIVATIVES fleetingly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • fleeting — [flēt′iŋ] adj. [OE fleotende, floating: see FLEET2] passing swiftly; not lasting SYN. TRANSIENT fleetingly adv. fleetingness n …   English World dictionary

  • fleeting — fleet|ing [ flitıŋ ] adjective continuing for only a very short time: He made only a fleeting reference to his resignation. fleeting glimpse: She caught a fleeting glimpse of him as he rounded the corner. fleeting moment: For a fleeting moment… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fleeting — UK [ˈfliːtɪŋ] / US [ˈflɪtɪŋ] adjective continuing for only a very short time He made only a fleeting reference to his resignation. fleeting glimpse: She caught a fleeting glimpse of him as he rounded the corner. fleeting moment: For a fleeting… …   English dictionary

  • fleeting — fleet|ing [ˈfli:tıŋ] adj [usually before noun] [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: fleet to go quickly (16 19 centuries), from Old English fleotan to float ] lasting for only a short time = ↑brief ▪ a fleeting smile ▪ For one fleeting moment , Paula… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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