And had not the goddess ever fleeted away when just within his grasp?
I fleeted by her like the shadow of Death, and as I went I smote with mine axe, and lo!
The slightest incidents of these days, which had fleeted away only too rapidly, possessed an irresistible freshness and charm.
Towards evening, as the vessel beneath us fleeted and the deck resumed its level, Mr. Pengelly began to uncover the mainsail.
“I had rather count on Aunt,” said Flora, with one of her rare and adorable smiles, which fleeted as it came.
Thus, for the first twelve years of my life, fleeted my days in joy and innocence.
A strange thrill shot through her soul and fleeted across her skin—a strange pain gripped her at the heart.
My faith had fleeted as an angel into the light, and that hope alone stayed by me.
So we fleeted onwards till we came to marvellous lofty gates of black adamant, that rose before us like the steep side of a hill.
The Forest of Arden—where they fleeted the time carelessly—what a rest for tired spirits it seemed to offer!
Old English fleot "ship, raft, floating vessel," from fleotan "to float" (see fleet (v.)). Sense of "naval force" is pre-1200. The Old English word also meant "creek, inlet, flow of water," especially one into the Thames near Ludgate Hill, which lent its name to Fleet Street (home of newspaper and magazine houses, standing for "the English press" since 1882), Fleet prison, etc.
"swift," 1520s, but probably older than the record; apparently from or cognate with Old Norse fliotr "swift," and from the root of fleet (v.)). Related: Fleetness.
Old English fleotan "to float, drift, flow, swim, sail," later (c.1200) "to flow," from Proto-Germanic *fleut- (cf. Old Frisian fliata, Old Saxon fliotan "to flow," Old High German fliozzan "to float, flow," German flieszen "to flow," Old Norse fliota "to float, flow"), from PIE root *pleu- "to flow, run, swim" (see pluvial).
Meaning "to glide away like a stream, vanish imperceptibly" is from c.1200; hence "to fade, to vanish" (1570s). Related: Fleeted; fleeting.