Meaning of “evanescent” in the English Dictionary

"evanescent" in English

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uk /ˌiː.vəˈnes.ənt/ us /ˌev.ə-/ formal
noun [ U ] us uk /-əns/

Examples from literature

  • About a sudden hillside, brilliantly blue, the evanescent mist hung over the heavy fronds, going out in the sunlight that was breaking through a grey sky. 
  • But even that joy was fleeting and evanescent: they never reached maturity. 
  • It arises when rigid ideal terms are imposed on evanescent existence. 
  • It is probably but an evanescent remedy, and capable of rendering the cattle safe during one night only. 
  • Like all the glories of the May woods it is evanescent. 

(Definition of “evanescent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)