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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Definitions for evanescent

  1. Liable to vanish or pass away like vapor; fleeting.

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Citations for evanescent
The Pen which gives. . . permanence to the evanescent thought of a moment. Horace Smith, Tin Trumpet
Every tornado is a little different, and they are all capricious, evanescent and hard to get a fix on. , New York Times
Origin of evanescent
1745-1755
Evanescent is from Latin evanescere, "to vanish," from e-, "from, out of" + vanescere, "to disappear," from vanus, "empty."