fleeting

[ flee-ting ]
/ ˈfli tɪŋ /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. fleet ballistic missile submarine,
  2. fleet chief petty officer,
  3. fleet rate,
  4. fleet street,
  5. fleet-footed,
  6. fleetingly,
  7. fleetly,
  8. fleetwood,
  9. flegel's disease,
  10. flegenheimer

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

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

fleeting

/ (ˈfliːtɪŋ) /

adjective

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

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

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

fleet

3
/ (fliːt) /

noun

mainly Southeast English a small coastal inlet; creek

Word Origin for fleet

Old English flēot flowing water; see fleet 1

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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Word Origin and History for fleeting
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