from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A vanishing away; gradual departure or disappearance; dissipation, as of vapor.
  • noun The quality of being evanescent; liability to vanish and escape observation or possession: as, the evanescence of mist or dew; the evanescence of earthly hopes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or state of vanishing away; disappearance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act or state of vanishing away; disappearance;
  • noun The event of fading and gradually vanishing from sight;

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

  • noun the event of fading and gradually vanishing from sight


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  • Emily Dickinson used this word to refer to the delicate shine of color in a hummingbird:

    A route of evanescence

    With a revolving wheel;

    A resonance of emerald,

    A rush of cochineal;

    And every blossom on the bush

    Adjusts its tumbled head, --

    The mail from Tunis, probably,

    An easy morning's ride.

    May 17, 2007

  • Also, one kick-awesome band.

    May 17, 2007

  • The band ruined the word for me.

    July 17, 2008