evanescent

[ev-uh-nes-uhnt]
adjective
1.
vanishing; fading away; fleeting.
2.
tending to become imperceptible; scarcely perceptible.

Origin:
1745–55; < Latin ēvānēscent- (stem of ēvānēscēns) vanishing, disappearing. See evanesce, -ent

evanescently, adverb
nonevanescent, adjective
nonevanescently, adverb
unevanescent, adjective
unevanescently, adverb
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evanescent (ˌɛvəˈnɛsənt)
 
adj
1.  passing out of sight; fading away; vanishing
2.  ephemeral or transitory
 
eva'nescence
 
n
 
eva'nescently
 
adv

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evanescent
1717, from L. evanescentem (nom. evanescens), prp. of evanescere "disappear, vanish," from ex- "out" + vanescere "vanish."
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evanescent ev·a·nes·cent (ěv'ə-něs'ənt)
adj.
Of short duration; passing away quickly.

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Example sentences
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.
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