from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Passing quickly; ephemeral: a fleeting glimpse; a fleeting interest in the campaign.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Passing quickly.
  • v. Present participle of fleet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Passing swiftly away; not durable; transient; transitory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Passing rapidly; hastening away; transient; not durable: as, the fleeting hours or moments.
  • Synonyms Transitory, etc. See transient.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lasting for a markedly brief time


From Middle English fleten ("to float"), from Old English flēotan ("to float"). (Wiktionary)


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