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  • n. The quality of being fleeting

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being fleeting; transientness; evanescence.

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

  • n. the property of lasting for a very short time


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  • The more meditative and engaged we are, the more we sense the fragility and fleetingness of things.

    Taking a Walk to Remember

  • But it is the larger theme of the book that time steals everything eventually—that even the blue nights, the lingering evenings of the longest days of summer, signal in their fleetingness that all that is beautiful in life will fade.

    A Mother's Love And Laments

  • There's a lot of schmaltz I could spread for an answer -- that conversation is more authentic and less performed, more intimate and less displayed, magical in its fleetingness, and more existentially affirming in the ability, on occasion, to actually make eye contact.

    Claire Gordon: A Conversation With Your Cellphone

  • Buddhism, with its profound awareness of the fleetingness of life and the endless cycle of death and rebirth, also proved to be congenial to a people forced to live with the constant threat of natural catastrophe.

    Japan's Shattered Mirror

  • Of course, the fleetingness, and the awareness of the fleetingness, of childhood and family happiness is hardly a novel artistic theme.

    Intimate History

  • May 11, 2010 at 3:29 am so against mono no aware insisting on non transience, so against notions of a floating world, against Ukiyo, impermanence, evanescence, fleetingness, etc

    Néojaponisme » Blog Archive » Infiniti Brand Journey: Flower Robotics pre-interview

  • The fleetingness of Obama's support is evidenced by the number of childish posts on this and other similar sites.

    Report: Hillary Won't Quit Race

  • I think about youth and agility and the fleetingness of it all and the gratitude for it now.

    blog: November 2009

  • EnP reminds me of the beauty, and fleetingness, of whatever is in front of me.

    Apres L'Ondee

  • Barry is really the third actor in the scene: his score swells, both supporting and enriching the visuals, and suddenly the scene is about that achingly delicious feeling of simultaneously exulting in a moment and mourning its fleetingness.

    John Barry: The Man Who Knew the Score


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