from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Vanishing, disappearing.
- adj. Ephemeral, momentary, fleeting.
- adj. Barely there; almost imperceptible.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Liable to vanish or pass away like vapor; vanishing; fleeting.
- adj. Vanishing from notice; imperceptible.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Vanishing, or apt to vanish or be dissipated, like vapor; passing away; fleeting: as, the pleasures and joys of life are evanescent.
- Lessening or lessened beyond the reach of perception; impalpable; imperceptible.
- In natural history, unstable; unfixed; hence, uncertain; unreliable: applied to characters which are not fixed or uniformly present, and therefore are valueless for scientific classification.
- In entomology, tending to become obsolete in one part; fading out: as, antennal scrobes evanescent posteriorly.
- In mathematics, infinitesimal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. tending to vanish like vapor
These might well be termed evanescent varieties, and since they never become fixed or find their way into cultivation they are of interest only to the plant breeder.
Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916 Embracing the Transactions of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society,Volume 44, from December 1, 1915, to December 1, 1916, Including the Twelve Numbers of "The Minnesota Horticulturist" for 1916
In part, it arises because an exotic form of light wave generated at the interface, called an "evanescent" wave, is lost in passing through the glass of a lens, with a consequent loss of information and a slight spoiling of image sharpness.
Ridicule and derision are a kind of evanescent ostracism, a temporary exclusion from the comradeship.
Conventional lenses construct an image of an object only using ordinary waves, discarding information regarding the fine, tiny details of the object that are contained in "evanescent" waves.
Mr. Francis quoted Dr. Gordon Margolin, Chief of Internal Medicine at Jewish Hospital during Dr. Patrick's residency, as finding the plaintiff's presence "evanescent," which is to say infinitesimal.
"evanescent", in the sense of something that man cannot grasp, and that is cer - tainly an aspect of what the author is saying throughout the book.
As a delicate epilogue, Mr. Brown picks up his dance's evanescent momentum "Jesus Children of America" in a solo personal appearance both brief and indelible.
Rather than the warm, deeply upholstered sonority that a German or Italian quartet strives for, the Debussy's sound has almost more air than tone in it - fragrant, evanescent and sighing.
For how can a man, with thrilling, and burning, and exaltation, recite the following and still be mere mortal earth, a bit of fugitive force, an evanescent form?
The sky drew still closer, sending down a crystal flight of frost -- little geometric designs, perfect, evanescent as a breath, yet destined to exist till the returning sun had covered half its northern journey.