American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Passing away quickly; evanescent.
- adj. Botany Withering or dropping off early.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Fleeing, or disposed to flee; fleeting; transitory.
- Specifically, in zoöl. and botany, falling or fading early; speedily shed or cast; fugitive, as an external organ or a natural covering.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Flying, or disposed to fly; fleeing away; lasting but a short time; volatile.
- adj. (Biol.) Fleeting; lasting but a short time; -- applied particularly to organs or parts which are short-lived as compared with the life of the individual.
- adj. lasting a very short time
- From Latin fugācius, comparative of fugāciter ("evasively, fleetingly"), from fugāx ("transitory, fleeting"), from fugiō ("I flee"). (Wiktionary)
- From Latin fugāx, fugāc-, from fugere, to flee. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“While Clinton's supporters abandon her, her campaign points to fugacious polls – which should the super delegates pay attantion to??”
“There are no shortage of people who are saying that today's 3.5 percent GDP number is all because of U.S. government stimulus and it won't last -- this might be a fugacious recovery -- here today, gone tomorrow, very short-lived.”
“Nikki and I had our heads blown away by the epiphanies triggered by Carl's thoughts - effects that will not be fugacious in the least, believe me.”
“The shortness of the twilight frequently leaves the fugacious planet, Mercury, so seldom seen at the north, in distinct view.”
“Their happy day, however, is soon over; their fugacious petals shrivel in three or four days.”
“As soon as the stamens become exposed, the calyx falls, and in a short time -- a few hours -- the fugacious anthers disappear, to be followed only”
“So far, indeed, are the loyal persons composing this regiment from seeking to avoid the presence of their late owners, that they are now, one and all, working with remarkable industry to place themselves in a position to go in full and effective pursuit of their fugacious and traitorous proprietors.”
“Not only will the bloom of crowded plants be comparatively poor and brief, but by early and bold thinning the plants will become so robust, and cover such large spaces of ground with their ample leafage and well-developed flowers, as really to astonish people who think they know all about annuals, and who may have ventured after much ill-treatment to designate them 'fugacious and weedy.”
“Statues of the deities in Rome were nearly all coloured; and they received a fresh coat of vermilion -- which, although it was the hue of divinity, was extremely fugacious -- on anniversary occasions or in times of great national rejoicing.”
“It is to be regretted that these lemon cadmiums are fugacious, so bright, so clear, are they, and of so pure a lemon tint can they be obtained.”
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