Evanescent Ev`a*nes"cent, a. [L. evanescens, -entis, p. pr. of evanescere.] 1. Liable to vanish or pass away like vapor; vanishing; fleeting; as, evanescent joys. [1913 Webster]

So evanescent are the fashions of the world in these particulars. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

2. Vanishing from notice; imperceptible. [1913 Webster]

The difference between right and wrong, in some petty cases, is almost evanescent. --Wollaston. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • évanescent — évanescent, ente [ evanesɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1810; lat. evanescens, de evanescere « disparaître » ♦ Littér. Qui s amoindrit et disparaît graduellement. Image évanescente. ⇒ fugitif. Impression évanescente, qui s efface, s évanouit. ⊗ CONTR. Durable …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • evanescent — EVANESCÉNT, Ă, evanescenţi, te, adj. (Rar) Care se pierde, care dispare treptat. – Din fr. évanescent. Trimis de laurap, 06.03.2005. Sursa: DEX 98  evanescént adj. m., pl. evanescénţi; f. sg. evanescéntă, pl …   Dicționar Român

  • évanescent — évanescent, ente (é va nè ssan, ssan t ) adj. Terme didactique. Qui s évanouit, s efface, disparaît.    Terme de botanique. Nectaire évanescent, celui qui s amoindrit à mesure que le fruit se développe et qui finit par disparaître. ÉTYMOLOGIE… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • evanescent — 1717, from Fr. évanescent, from L. evanescentem (nom. evanescens), prp. of evanescere disappear, vanish, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + vanescere vanish (see VANISH (Cf. vanish)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • evanescent — index elusive, ephemeral, indiscernible, temporary, transient, transitory, volatile Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • evanescent — ephemeral, passing, fugitive, fleeting, *transient, transitory, momentary, short lived …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • evanescent — [adj] transient brief, disappearing, fading, fleeting, momentary, passing, shortlived, temporary, tenuous, vanishing; concepts 551,798 …   New thesaurus

  • evanescent — ► ADJECTIVE chiefly literary ▪ quickly fading from sight, memory, or existence. DERIVATIVES evanesce verb evanescence noun. ORIGIN from Latin evanescere disappear …   English terms dictionary

  • evanescent — [ev΄ənes′ənt] adj. [< L evanescens, prp.: see EVANESCE] tending to pass away or fade from sight like mist or smoke; ephemeral SYN. TRANSIENT evanescently adv …   English World dictionary

  • evanescent — adjective /ˌɛv.əˈnɛs.ənt/ a) Vanishing, disappearing. The sea was each little birds great playmate. . . . In their airy flutterings, they seemed to rest on the evanescent spray. b) Ephemeral, momentary, fleeting. . . . making the ideal of my… …   Wiktionary

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