Origin of evanescentfrom Classical Latin evanescens, present participle : see evanesce
The definition of evanescent is something fleeting that passes out of sight or mind quickly.
An example of evanescent is a rainbow that appears for only a moment after a storm.
Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.
(comparative more evanescent, superlative most evanescent)
- II, The evanescent eleventh somite of the opisthosoma.
- The nervous impulse is, so to say, the sudden evanescent glow of an ember continuously black-hot.
- Eyes evanescent or absent.
- This significant but evanescent phenomenon, which represents the direct emissions of a low-lying solar envelope, was photographed by William Shackleton on the occasion of an eclipse in Novaya Zemlya on the 9th of August 1896; and it has since been abundantly registered by exposures made during the obscurations of 1898, 1900, 1901 and 1905.
- The chords necessary in this part, which with its supporting bass is called the continuo, were indicated by figures; and the evanescent and delicate tones of the harpsichord; lent themselves admirably to this purpose where solo voices and instruments were concerned.