Related formsfleet·ing·ly, adverbfleet·ing·ness, nounun·fleet·ing, adjective
Definition for fleeting (2 of 2)
adjective, fleet·er, fleet·est.
verb (used without object)
- to glide along like a stream.
- to fade; vanish.
verb (used with object)
- to move or change the position of.
- to separate the blocks of (a tackle).
- to lay (a rope) along a deck.
Origin of fleet2
Related formsfleet·ly, adverbfleet·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for fleeting
Fleeting moments are captured and stored, whether we want them to be or not.
Part of the problem is that its prevalence was equally as fleeting as a smile itself.
What had seemed immutable and eternal (“With the Soviet Union forever”) turned out to be a fleeting episode.
Those of us who live here are a fickle bunch with fleeting attention spans.Catch Him If You Can: Reliving Banksy’s New York Invasion|Alex Suskind|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That fleeting comedic moment exemplifies Aidy Bryant at her best.How Aidy Bryant Stealthily Became Your Favorite ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star|Kevin Fallon|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"You may call it that," retorted the elder man with a fleeting smile as Kirkwood slipped inside the dooryard.The Black Bag|Louis Joseph Vance
I had a third fleeting chance, but absolutely could not grasp it.Tales of lonely trails|Zane Grey
The cause which the flag stands for may be foolish and fleeting; the love may be calf-love, and last for a week.A Chesterton Calendar|G. K. Chesterton
And the gifts of fortune when they come are fleeting except when they are made taut by intelligent adaptation of conditions.Human Nature and Conduct|John Dewey
He heard faintly the howling of the dogs, and had a fleeting thought that in the mastering of his flesh the frost no longer bit.The Turtles of Tasman|Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for fleeting (1 of 5)
Derived Formsfleetingly, adverbfleetingness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for fleeting (2 of 5)
Word Origin for fleet
British Dictionary definitions for fleeting (3 of 5)
- to change the position of (a hawser)
- to pass (a messenger or lead) to a hawser from a winch for hauling in
- to spread apart (the blocks of a tackle)