[em-puh-ree-uh n, -pahy-, em-pir-ee-uh n, -pahy-ree-] /ˌɛm pəˈri ən, -paɪ-, ɛmˈpɪr i ən, -ˈpaɪ ri-/
the highest heaven, supposed by the ancients to contain the pure element of fire.
the visible heavens; the firmament.
(archaic) the highest part of the (supposedly spherical) heavens, thought in ancient times to contain the pure element of fire and by early Christians to be the abode of God and the angels
(poetic) the heavens or sky
of or relating to the sky, the heavens, or the empyrean
heavenly or sublime
(archaic) composed of fire
mid-14c. (as empyre), from Greek empyros “fiery,” from en (see en- (2)) + pyr “fire” (see fire (n.)); confused by early writers with imperial. In Greek cosmology, the highest heaven, the sphere of pure fire; later baptized with a Christian gloss as “the abode of God and the angels.”
/ˌɛmpɪˈruːmə/ noun (pl) -mata (-mətə) 1. the smell and taste associated with burning vegetable and animal matter
noun divination by fire, smoke Word Origin from empyrosis ‘general fire’
noun 1. a square unit of area, one em on each side. 2. a quad having such an area. Compare 2 (def 1).
1. electronic medical record.