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evanescent

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adjective ev·a·nes·cent \-sənt\

Simple Definition of evanescent

  • : lasting a very short time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of evanescent

  1. :  tending to vanish like vapor

Examples of evanescent in a sentence

  1. <beauty that is as evanescent as a rainbow>



Did You Know?

The fragile, airy quality of things evanescent reflects the etymology of the word evanescent itself. It derives from a form of the Latin verb evanescere, which means "to evaporate" or "to vanish." Given the similarity in spelling between the two words, you might expect "evaporate" to come from the same Latin root, but it actually grew out of another steamy Latin root, evaporare.

Origin of evanescent

Latin evanescent-, evanescens, present participle of evanescere


First Known Use: 1717

Synonym Discussion of evanescent

transient, transitory, ephemeral, momentary, fugitive, fleeting, evanescent mean lasting or staying only a short time. transient applies to what is actually short in its duration or stay <a hotel catering primarily to transient guests>. transitory applies to what is by its nature or essence bound to change, pass, or come to an end <fame in the movies is transitory>. ephemeral implies striking brevity of life or duration <many slang words are ephemeral>. momentary suggests coming and going quickly and therefore being merely a brief interruption of a more enduring state <my feelings of guilt were only momentary>. fugitive and fleeting imply passing so quickly as to make apprehending difficult <let a fugitive smile flit across his face> <fleeting moments of joy>. evanescent suggests a quick vanishing and an airy or fragile quality <the story has an evanescent touch of whimsy that is lost in translation>.

Medical Dictionary

evanescent

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adjective ev·a·nes·cent \ˌev-ə-ˈnes-ənt\

Medical Definition of evanescent

  1. :  tending to disappear quickly :  of relatively short duration <an evanescent rash>





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