- passing swiftly; vanishing quickly; transient; transitory: fleeting beauty; a fleeting glance.
Origin of fleeting
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Examples from the Web for fleetingness
It was a little transient ray that had been sent athwart her darkness, and no one understood its fleetingness better than did she.Lily Pearl and The Mistress of Rosedale
The fleetingness of all earthly things vividly occurred to him.
He dwelt a great deal on the fleetingness of life, and the wisdom of making the best of its few charming things.Robert Orange
John Oliver Hobbes
I am afraid I was not overwhelmed with thoughts of the fleetingness of life or the horror of death.Adventures of a Despatch Rider
W. H. L. Watson
- rapid and transienta fleeting glimpse of the sea
Word Origin and History for fleetingness
early 13c., "fickle, shifting, unstable," from Old English fleotende "floating, drifting," later "flying, moving swiftly," from present participle of fleotan (see fleet (v.)). Meaning "existing only briefly" is from 1560s.