English For Perfection-Word Of The Day “EVANESCENT”

evanescent

ɛvəˈnɛs(ə)nt,iːvəˈnɛs(ə)nt/

adjective: evanescent

  1. literary
    soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing.
    “the evanescent Arctic summer”
    synonyms: vanishing, fading, evaporating, melting away, disappearing, diminishing, dwindling, shrinking, fugitive;

    “they were operating on an evanescent budget”
    “this has only an evanescent effect on the rate of inflation”
    antonyms: unlimited, permanent
    2.
    PHYSICS
    denoting a field or wave which extends into a region where it cannot propagate and whose amplitude therefore decreases with distance.

Origin

early 18th century (in the sense ‘almost imperceptible’): from Latin evanescent- ‘disappearing’, from the verb evanescere (see evanesce).

 

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