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fleeting

[flee-ting] /ˈfli tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
passing swiftly; vanishing quickly; transient; transitory:
fleeting beauty; a fleeting glance.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see fleet2, -ing2
Related forms
fleetingly, adverb
fleetingness, noun
unfleeting, adjective
Synonyms
passing, flitting, flying, brief, fugitive.
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British Dictionary definitions for fleetingly

fleeting

/ˈfliːtɪŋ/
adjective
1.
rapid and transient: a fleeting glimpse of the sea
Derived Forms
fleetingly, adverb
fleetingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fleetingly

fleeting

adj.

early 13c., "fickle, shifting, unstable," from Old English fleotende "floating, drifting," later "flying, moving swiftly," from present participle of fleotan (see fleet (v.)). Meaning "existing only briefly" is from 1560s.

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