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[ev-uh-nes-uh nt] /ˌɛv əˈnɛs ənt/
vanishing; fading away; fleeting.
tending to become imperceptible; scarcely perceptible.
Origin of evanescent
1745-55; < Latin ēvānēscent- (stem of ēvānēscēns) vanishing, disappearing. See evanesce, -ent
Related forms
evanescently, adverb
nonevanescent, adjective
nonevanescently, adverb
unevanescent, adjective
unevanescently, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for evanescent
  • It's true that Hearn's tastes run toward the decadent and the evanescent.
  • Elusive and evanescent, the rainbow has generated wonder and speculation .
  • The thinner the wire, the more energy goes into the evanescent field .
  • As well as anyone, she encapsulated an evanescent and shifting moment in art.
  • It was an evanescent moment, captured in the pop of a photographer's flashbulb.
  • The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits.
  • But light also records smaller sub-wavelength details in its evanescent components, which do not propagate.
  • Although there might be an evanescent small amount of electromagnetic radiation there is absolutely no proof of damage by that.
  • The mind receives a myriad impressions--trivial, fantastic, evanescent or engraved with the sharpness of steel.
  • The evanescent modes decay rapidly and therefore do not propagate.
British Dictionary definitions for evanescent


passing out of sight; fading away; vanishing
ephemeral or transitory
Derived Forms
evanescence, noun
evanescently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for evanescent

1717, from French évanescent, from Latin evanescentem (nominative evanescens), present participle of evanescere "disappear, vanish," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vanescere "vanish" (see vanish).

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evanescent in Medicine

evanescent ev·a·nes·cent (ěv'ə-něs'ənt)
Of short duration; passing away quickly.

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