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
His rivals have criticized him for failing to convene a meeting of the panel, using that fact to highlight what they call fleeting foreign policy experience.
Just exuberant bliss, he supposed, an expression of fleeting pleasure, not really a binding declaration.
And I think the older we get, the more we cherish these times together, knowing how few and far between they are, and how fleeting is our time on this earth.
Now we can understand a little better what the word fleeting means in the expression fleeting stains.
That is what the word fleeting means when we talk about a fleeting stain.
Albanian refugees fleeting from the Turkish invasions that followed upon the death of Scanderbeg.
Accomplished in fleeting and fantastic arts that leave no memorial behind them – unacquainted with the beauty and purposes of the realities around you, which work from age to age in silent mercy for gracious ends, and put to shame the toil that has no aim or end.
For the great heart of this mother it was nothing to have this well-beloved son after others, and during only certain short fleeting hours.
(What parent isn’t acutely — painfully — aware of how fleeting is the episode of a family’s life with young children?)
(He didn't recall the fleeting backstage greeting.)