evanescent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj evanescent tending to vanish like vapor "evanescent beauty"
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Evanescent Liable to vanish or pass away like vapor; vanishing; fleeting; as, evanescent joys. "So evanescent are the fashions of the world in these particulars."
    • Evanescent Vanishing from notice; imperceptible. "The difference between right and wrong, in some petty cases, is almost evanescent ."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • evanescent Vanishing, or apt to vanish or be dissipated, like vapor; passing away; fleeting: as, the pleasures and joys of life are evanescent.
    • evanescent Lessening or lessened beyond the reach of perception; impalpable; imperceptible.
    • evanescent 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.
    • evanescent In entomology, tending to become obsolete in one part; fading out: as, antennal scrobes evanescent posteriorly.
    • evanescent In mathematics, infinitesimal.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Evanescent ev-an-es′ent fleeting; imperceptible
    • ***

Quotations

  • Edwin Forrest
    Edwin Forrest
    “The actor's popularity is evanescent; applauded today, forgotten tomorrow.”
  • Louis Binstock
    Louis Binstock
    “Too often the shortcut, the line of least resistance, is responsible for evanescent and unsatisfactory success.”
  • Konstantin Stanislavisky
    Konstantin Stanislavisky
    “Success is transient, evanescent. The real passion lies in the poignant acquisition of knowledge about all the shading and subtleties of the creative secrets.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. evanescens, -entis, p. pr. of evanescere,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. evanescens, -entise, vanescĕre, to vanish—vanus, empty.

Usage

In literature:

It was no momentary and evanescent impulse.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
The evanescent pleasures are not character builders, but a created thought is a pregnant possibility.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
What is this flying and evanescent authority that vanishes wherever we seek to fix it?
"Eugenics and Other Evils" by G. K. Chesterton
The dunes, which had been evanescent through distance in the wind and light, grew material and great.
"Old Junk" by H. M. Tomlinson
It was so evanescent; it would decay so quickly.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
Above and beyond it the high peaks shone in radiance so pure that the heart of the lover ached with the pain of its evanescent beauty.
"Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger" by Hamlin Garland
But Art, which is long-lived, recks little of Time, an evanescent thing.
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
It is a delightful period this, a transition as interesting as evanescent.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
How loves, and tastes, and sympathies commence From evanescent notices of sense?
"The Temple of Nature; or, the Origin of Society" by Erasmus Darwin
Belief is rather a superficial process, the intellect ("mortal mind") mingled with the emotions, changing and evanescent.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
***

In poetry:

Bright, evanescent, ye come and are gone,
Visions of mystical birth;
Art that could paint you was never vouchsafed
Unto the children of earth.
"Dreams Of Beauty" by Adah Isaacs Menken
So near, yet unattainable! Ye seem
Like awful deities, at whose command
Man's evanescent life,--a fretful stream,
One instant murmurs and is lost in sand.
"To Meran's Northern Mountains" by John Lawson Stoddard
Says **** O! where is that brilliancy flown,
Which forbad the intrusion of care?
That spark evanescent so lately that shone,
Now yields to the gloom of despair.
"In Answer" by Charlotte Dacre
Again upon the wings of Fancy fly,
And drop your plumes beneath an eastern sky:
The seat of Lydia's ancient kings explore,
And contemplate their evanescent power.
"Enigma XIV." by Elizabeth Hitchener
Or in the moonlight, when the night is pale,
And the great city is still, and only thou
Givest me sign of life, and on thy brow
A beauty evanescent, flitting, frail!
"The River Charles" by Annie Adams Fields
IV. And I have felt thy evanescent gleam
Illume the vision youthful fancy brought;
Have known thee in my slumbers' rosy dream
Give many a bliss I (waking) vainly sought.
"Joy" by Sydney Owenson

In news:

INTERVIEWS What's Next for Evanescence .
Since the release of Evanescence 's self-titled third LP last year, Amy Lee and Co.
Evanescence is one of the biggest rock bands in the world and there are many bands who have tried to mimic their same sound.
Evanescence have released the official video for their latest song "Lost In Paradise" which is taken from their self titled album Evanescence .
Seether's Shaun Morgan and Evanescence 's Amy Lee Become One Again (Via Photoshop).
After a series of comical photos were posted to Seether's Facebook page, the band shared a couple of really unusual images (above) where frontman Shaun Morgan had swapped faces with ex-girlfriend and Evanescence singer Amy Lee.
We're talking about a kick a$$ rock show K945 loves some Shinedown and Evanescence .
INTERVIEWS Lana Del Rey Steals Late-Night Spotlight From Nas, Evanescence , Korn.
Lana Del Rey Steals Late-Night Spotlight From Nas, Evanescence , Korn.
Evanescence posted their video for the next single off their latest album Evanescence .
INTERVIEWS Watch Evanescence 's Amy Lee Be Magical, Sad in 'My Heart Is Broken'.
Evanescence singer Amy Lee's vocal power is on full display once again in the band's latest single, 'Lost in Paradise,' and it's leaving behind a little bit of a chemtrail in the new lyric video for the song.
The label also hosts bands including Evanescence, Scott Stapp, The Darkness, Creed, Finger Eleven and Drowning Pool.
Evanescence, Chevelle, Cavo Where: Showboat Casino, Atlantic City When: Friday, Aug 3, 6:50 pm What: Not one, not two, but three bands playing back-to-back-to-back at the Showboat.
Seether had an interesting year in 2011 with the departure of their guitarist Troy McLawhorn, who returned to Evanescence.
***

In science:

On the other hand, ˆU describes a redefinition of the evanescent operators ~E by adding some multiples of ǫ times physical operators ~Q to them.
Effective Hamiltonian for Non-Leptonic |Delta F| = 1 Decays at NNLO in QCD
Finally, the matrix ˆM represents a simple linear transformation of the evanescent operators.
Effective Hamiltonian for Non-Leptonic |Delta F| = 1 Decays at NNLO in QCD
The renormalization constant matrices entering Eq. (85) are found from one- and twoloop matrix elements of physical and evanescent operators.
Effective Hamiltonian for Non-Leptonic |Delta F| = 1 Decays at NNLO in QCD
The numbers given in Eq. (A.25) correspond to the specific choice of trace evanescent operators adopted in Eqs. (A.4) and (A.5).
Effective Hamiltonian for Non-Leptonic |Delta F| = 1 Decays at NNLO in QCD
The maximum transverse wavenumber for evanescent waves is at the edge of the first Brillouin zone: kt,max = π/d ≈ 242 m−1 .
Experimental verification of the key properties of a three-dimensional isotropic transmission line based superlens
***