vanishing; fading away; fleeting.
tending to become imperceptible; scarcely perceptible.
- ev·a·nes·cence, noun
- ev·a·nes·cent·ly, adverb
- non·ev·a·nes·cent, adjective
- non·ev·a·nes·cent·ly, adverb
- un·ev·a·nes·cent, adjective
- un·ev·a·nes·cent·ly, adverb
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How to use evanescent in a sentence
Often taken outside in waterfront locations, the photos capture evanescent moments and things — surf, shadows and twilight — and everyday places and people.In the galleries: Exploring how body language is a visual form of communication | Mark Jenkins | June 11, 2021 | Washington Post
And always in the background, evanescent but, in the end, accountable, is Rupert Murdoch—courted, feared and sometimes loathed.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine | Clive Irving | August 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But that support was evanescent; it's already back below 50%, and probably still falling.Memo: The Aaron Sorkin Model of Political Discourse Doesn't Actually Work | Megan McArdle | April 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
They are imagined as disembodied spirits, and are often visualized as vague or evanescent forms; hence, the white sheet routine.What's the Difference Between Ghouls, Goblins, and Ghosts? | Dictionary.com | November 1, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
When he does, for short walks on moonless nights or for the occasional meal, these evanescent periods of freedom are thrilling.
But success in a mission of this size may only bring limited and evanescent political benefits.
There are those who think that this excitement among the people will prove transitory and evanescent.Select Speeches of Daniel Webster | Daniel Webster
What a pity that they are as evanescent as the bloom of these flowers and the fragrance they exhale!Ernest Linwood | Caroline Lee Hentz
Its nature is like opaline dove's-neck lustres, hovering and evanescent.
Splits and rents broke into the margin, and from each streamed the evanescent, azure vapour.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
A "brilliant display," we would say, and the observer would be kept busy following the track of the evanescent rays.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
British Dictionary definitions for evanescent
passing out of sight; fading away; vanishing
ephemeral or transitory
- evanescence, noun
- evanescently, adverb
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