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Definition lasting a short time
  • Her moments of happiness were few and fleeting.
fleeting = lasting a short time
  • Youth is fleeting.
  • fleeting = continues only a short time
  • She is all but forgotten today, but there was a time when she was fleetingly famous.
  • fleetingly = for a short time
  • Sensual pleasures have the fleeting brilliance of a comet; a happy marriage has the tranquility of a lovely sunset.
    Ann Landers
  • fleeting = lasting a short time
  • You couldn't blame him, no, you couldn't fault him for wanting to go deeper into every fleeting moment, to study its mystery, to shout against loss and change and motion.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • fleeting = lasting a short time
  • [of a zoo] It's not a perfect place. Even in just a few fleeting seconds on my TV screen, I can see that. A perfect place would not need walls. But it's the place I need.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • fleeting = lasting a short time
  • It must be a unanimous choice of the Committee. They can have no doubts, however fleeting. If, during the process, an Elder reports a dream of uncertainty, that dream has the power to set a candidate aside instantly.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • fleeting = short-lived (lasting just a short time)
  • For a fleeting second he felt that he wanted to keep it for himself, to let himself bathe in sunlight, unburdened by anything or anyone else.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • fleeting = short-lived (lasting just a short time)
  • But the change was fleeting.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • fleeting = short-lived (lasting just a short time)
  • This time it was not a fleeting impression.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • fleeting = short-lived (lasting just a short time)
  • This time it had been Fiona who had undergone that fleeting indescribable change.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • fleeting = short-lived (lasting just a short time)
  • For a fleeting instant he thought he would like nothing better than to ride peacefully along the river path, laughing and talking with his gentle female friend.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • fleeting = short-lived (lasting just a short time)
  • An expression of worry, fleeting as a cloud, crossed Phoebe's face.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • It pained David that his memories of Paul at this age were so sparse, so fleeting.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • Caroline looked at the Polaroid in her hand: the luminous garden and Phoebe's smile, a fleeting moment caught, already gone.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • "I bought David a camera for our anniversary," Norah said, wishing she could capture these fleeting instants, hold them forever.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • This was what he yearned to capture on film: these rare moments where the world seemed unified, coherent, everything contained in a single fleeting image.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • She picked her way through the slush, afraid of falling and hurting the baby, thinking at the same time, fleetingly, how easy it would be to simply leave her, in a garbage Dumpster or on the steps of a church or anywhere.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • What faces are the most distinct to me in the fleeting crowd?
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • For a moment he had a fleeting picture of the strange glamour that had once invested the beaches.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies

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