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evanesce

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v evanesce disappear gradually "The pain eventually passed off"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Evanesce ĕv`ȧ*nĕs" To vanish away; to become dissipated and disappear, like vapor. "I believe him to have evanesced or evaporated."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • evanesce To vanish away or by degrees; disappear gradually; fade out or away; be dissipated: as, evanescing colors or vapors.
    • evanesce To disappear, as the edge of a polyhedron, by the rotation of two adjacent faces into one plane.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Evanesce to fade away
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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. evanescere,; e, out + vanescere, to vanish, fr. vanus, empty, vain. See Vain, and cf. Evanish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. evanescens, -entise, vanescĕre, to vanish—vanus, empty.

Usage

In literature:

What seemed eternal has passed away, and what appeared to be evanescent has assumed stability.
"Shoulder-Straps" by Henry Morford
Tenuous wisps, evanescent, wraithlike.
"Slaves of Mercury" by Nat Schachner
By overcoming that thought he showed men the evanescent nature of sickness and death.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Its evanescent voice is often recognized, but being a solitary wanderer even ornithologists have yet to learn much of its life history.
"Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography, Vol. II, No 3, September 1897" by Various
For the first evanescent fires of youth are the most sacred fires in the world.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
The effect as nature gives it is either not complete, or is so evanescent as to be uncopyable.
"The Painter in Oil" by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
The outer peridium, especially its upper part, is entirely evanescent, our Fig.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
For me, however, the impression that New York had made was neither so unpractical nor so evanescent.
"Aliens" by William McFee
These sciences reveal types of life evanescing into each other by inexpressible refinements of change.
"English Critical Essays" by Various
As far back as records go, we meet with allusions to these swift and evanescent luminous travelers.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 4, September, 1850" by Various
The evanescent dimple had disappeared entirely and also the indolent expression in her golden brown eyes.
"The Campfire Girls on the Field of Honor" by Margaret Vandercook
In the creed of both, man was essentially evanescent.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
Now what is antiquated and grown aged, is near evanescence.
"A Translation of the New Testament from the original Greek" by T. Haweis
A wood fire is an evanescent thing, having none of the calm determination of coal combustion.
"Lord Stranleigh Abroad" by Robert Barr
There are perfumes as evanescent as the dreams of youth, and others as persistent as the memories of childhood.
"The Land of Long Ago" by Eliza Calvert Hall
When, Mead said, you take them from the water, they are nothing but a little slime; evanescent as the rainbow on the spray.
"The Bonadventure" by Edmund Blunden
It was evanescent however.
"The Triumph of Hilary Blachland" by Bertram Mitford
Margaret, whose paints were ready, began to set up her easel to sketch the evanescent effect without delay.
"The Head Girl at the Gables" by Angela Brazil
Strikingly did the whole portray the fleeting and evanescent character of earthly pomp and power.
"London in Modern Times" by Unknown
Doubts now and then, for when and where is love without them; but with Gwen Wynn slight, evanescent as the clouds in a summer sky.
"Gwen Wynn" by Mayne Reid
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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:

The new, self-titled EVANESCENCE album, the band's first in five years, is due out October 11.
Evanescence 's Amy Lee Thrilled to Return After Five-Year Break.
Evanescence recording at Blackbird Studios in Nashville.
Evanescence isn't one of those bands.
New Evanescence Album Is 'Much More of a Band Collaboration'.
Evanescence Nets Second No.
Evanescence 's Lee on 2011 Album Success, Leftover 'Songs and Ideas'.
Evanescence 's Lee: Scrapped Material Could Resurface 'On Different Projects Someday'.
Evanescence, Lauren Alaina Targeting Billboard 200 Top 10.
Audiences at the Jimmy Kimmel Live show on Thursday were lucky enough to watch Evanescence rock out their new song, "What You Want" And they're classic from 2003, "Going Under".
So far Evanescence has had one hell of a year in 2011, and you can see why.
Amy Lee of Evanescence .
Saeed talks to Amy Lee, the lead singer of the goth rock band Evanescence, about a changed line-up, a new album, a different sound and a Middle East debut in Dubai this Friday.
K945 welcomes Shinedown with Evanescence to the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, LA on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:00 PM.
Evanescence Fall From Grace .
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In science:

Within the gap, waves are evanescent and cannot propagate.
Localization of acoustic waves in 1D random liquid media
Namely, the mode of the waveguide plays the role of the core, while delocalized tail (see Fig. 2) reflects the evanescent leakage.
Coherent Random Lasing and "Almost Localized" Photon Modes
For these realizations the quality factor will be still determined by the evanescent leakage.
Coherent Random Lasing and "Almost Localized" Photon Modes
Eq. (1) (without evanescent leakage), ψµ and kµ are the propagating eigenfunctions and eigenvalues of Eq. (1), respectively.
Coherent Random Lasing and "Almost Localized" Photon Modes
This process is shown to result from a generic instability of the evanescent wave profile generated in a nonlinear medium by the incident signal.
Nonlinear supratransmission as a fundamental instability
We show hereafter that in the nonlinear case, under some additional simple conditions on the potential φ(u), the medium can present nonlinear supratransmission as a result of a fundamental instability generated by the evanescent wave, above some threshold for the amplitude A.
Nonlinear supratransmission as a fundamental instability
It is essential to remark at this step that the first effect of the nonlinearity on a boundary driving (7) is to deform the (linear) evanescent profile (8).
Nonlinear supratransmission as a fundamental instability
Although this solution u1 (x, t) may not be known analytically, we shall actually discover that the worst approximation of it, namely the linear evanescent profile u0 (x, t) itself, still generates the seeked instability, hence providing a qualitative understanding of the generation of nonlinear supratransmission.
Nonlinear supratransmission as a fundamental instability
We now illustrate the obtained expression for the threshold of instability for two particular choices for u1, first the linear evanescent profile (8), second a standard sech-type profile.
Nonlinear supratransmission as a fundamental instability
The TOT curren t is easily controlled by the evanescent light that plays the role of the gate electrode.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
The repulsion potential of the atoms i s due to the bluedetuned evanescent field.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
Levitation of C s atoms in the evanescent field has been demonstrated in, where the the optical dipole potential created by 1W -laser has been utilized for trapping the atoms far from the surface.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
The surface repulsion due to the evanescent field is of the same order of magnitude for othe r alkali atoms K, N a, Rb, provided the corresponding matter constants and the optical wave lengths are taken into account.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
The double evanescent wave trap for atoms has been proposed in and has been demonstrated in for Cs atoms.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
In order to remove the divergences of all possible 1PI Green’s functions with single insertion of Q1–Q6 we have to introduce some evanescent operators ~E as well.
Effective Hamiltonian for Non-Leptonic |Delta F| = 1 Decays at NNLO in QCD
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