(initial capital letter) the ancient Greek personification of the clear upper air of the sky.
light, airy, or tenuous:
an ethereal world created through the poetic imagination.
extremely delicate or refined:
heavenly or celestial:
gone to his ethereal home.
of or relating to the upper regions of space.
Chemistry. pertaining to, containing, or resembling .
We on the earth’s surface live night and day in the midst of aethereal commotion.
Fragments of science, V. 1-2 John Tyndall
No stronger proof of their aethereal conversational earnestness could be offered.
The Amazing Marriage, Complete George Meredith
a variant spelling of ethereal (sense 1), ethereal (sense 2), ethereal (sense 3)
a variant spelling of ether (sense 3), ether (sense 4), ether (sense 5)
extremely delicate or refined; exquisite
almost as light as air; impalpable; airy
celestial or spiritual
of, containing, or dissolved in an ether, esp diethyl ether: an ethereal solution
of or relating to the ether
1510s, “of the highest regions of the atmosphere,” from ether + -al (1); extended sense of “light, airy” is from 1590s. Meaning “spiritlike, immaterial” is from 1640s. Related: Ethereally.
ethereal e·the·re·al (ĭ-thēr’ē-əl)
Characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; intangible.
Of, relating to, or containing ether.
e·the’re·al’i·ty (-āl’ĭ-tē) or e·the’re·al·ness n.
(defs 3–5). (initial capital letter) the ancient Greek personification of the clear upper air of the sky. noun a variant spelling of ether (sense 3), ether (sense 4), ether (sense 5)
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