fleeting

[ flee-ting ]
/ ˈfli tɪŋ /

adjective

passing swiftly; vanishing quickly; transient; transitory: fleeting beauty; a fleeting glance.

Origin of fleeting

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at fleet2, -ing2
Related formsfleet·ing·ly, adverbfleet·ing·ness, nounun·fleet·ing, adjective

Definition for fleeting (2 of 2)

fleet

2
[ fleet ]
/ flit /

adjective, fleet·er, fleet·est.

swift; rapid: to be fleet of foot; a fleet horse.

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to cause (time) to pass lightly or swiftly.
Nautical.
  1. to move or change the position of.
  2. to separate the blocks of (a tackle).
  3. to lay (a rope) along a deck.

Origin of fleet

2
before 900; Middle English fleten to be fleet, Old English flēotan to float; see float
Related formsfleet·ly, adverbfleet·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for fleeting (1 of 5)

fleeting

/ (ˈfliːtɪŋ) /

adjective

rapid and transienta fleeting glimpse of the sea
Derived Formsfleetingly, adverbfleetingness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for fleeting (2 of 5)

fleet

1
/ (fliːt) /

noun

a number of warships organized as a tactical unit
all the warships of a nation
a number of aircraft, ships, buses, etc, operating together or under the same ownership

Word Origin for fleet

Old English flēot ship, flowing water, from flēotan to float

British Dictionary definitions for fleeting (3 of 5)

fleet

2
/ (fliːt) /

adjective

rapid in movement; swift
poetic fleeting; transient

verb

Derived Formsfleetly, adverbfleetness, noun

Word Origin for fleet

probably Old English flēotan to float, glide rapidly; related to Old High German fliozzan to flow, Latin pluere to rain

British Dictionary definitions for fleeting (4 of 5)

fleet

3
/ (fliːt) /

noun

mainly Southeast English a small coastal inlet; creek

Word Origin for fleet

Old English flēot flowing water; see fleet 1

British Dictionary definitions for fleeting (5 of 5)

Fleet

/ (fliːt) /

noun the Fleet

a stream that formerly ran into the Thames between Ludgate Hill and Fleet Street and is now a covered sewer
Also called: Fleet Prison (formerly) a London prison, esp used for holding debtors
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