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fleeting


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fleet  \Fleet\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Fleeted};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Fleeting}.]  [OE.  fleten,  fleoten,  to  swim,  AS  fle['o]tan  to 
  swim,  float;  akin  to  D.  vlieten  to  flow,  OS  fliotan  OHG. 
  fliozzan  G.  fliessen  Icel.  flj[=o]ta  to  float,  flow,  Sw 
  flyta,  D.  flyde,  L.  pluere  to  rain,  Gr  ?  to  sail,  swim, 
  float,  Skr.  plu  to  swim,  sail.  [root]84.  Cf  {Fleet},  n.  & 
  a.,  {Float},  {Pluvial},  {Flow}.] 
  1.  To  sail;  to  float.  [Obs.] 
 
  And  in  frail  wood  on  Adrian  Gulf  doth  fleet. 
  --Spenser. 
 
  2.  To  fly  swiftly;  to  pass  over  quickly;  to  hasten;  to  flit 
  as  a  light  substance. 
 
  All  the  unaccomplished  works  of  Nature's  hand,  .  .  . 
  Dissolved  on  earth,  fleet  hither.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  (Naut.)  To  slip  on  the  whelps  or  the  barrel  of  a  capstan 
  or  windlass;  --  said  of  a  cable  or  hawser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fleeting  \Fleet"ing\,  a. 
  Passing  swiftly  away  not  durable;  transient;  transitory;  as 
  the  fleeting  hours  or  moments. 
 
  Syn:  Evanescent;  ephemeral.  See  {Transient}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fleeting 
  adj  1:  moving  or  passing  by  very  swiftly;  "fleeting  clouds  passing 
  before  the  face  of  the  moon" 
  2:  lasting  for  a  markedly  brief  time;  "a  fleeting  glance"; 
  "fugitive  hours";  "rapid  momentaneous  association  of 
  things  that  meet  and  pass";  "a  momentary  glimpse"  [syn:  {fugitive}, 
  {momentaneous},  {momentary}] 




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