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fleeting

adjective fleet·ing \ˈflē-tiŋ\

Simple Definition of fleeting

  • : not lasting : lasting for only a short time

Full Definition of fleeting

  1. :  passing swiftly :  transitory

fleet·ing·ly play \ˈflē-tiŋ-lē\ adverb
fleet·ing·ness noun

Examples of fleeting

  1. I caught a fleeting glimpse of the comet.

  2. <had a fleeting desire to jump into the cool lake but kept on hiking>



1563

First Known Use of fleeting

1563

Synonym Discussion of fleeting

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>.


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