[ih-fem-er-uh l] /ɪˈfɛm ər əl/
lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory:
the ephemeral joys of childhood.
lasting but one day:
an ephemeral flower.
anything short-lived, as certain insects.
lasting for only a short time; transitory; short-lived: ephemeral pleasure
a short-lived organism, such as the mayfly
a plant that completes its life cycle in less than one year, usually less than six months
1560s; see ephemera + -al (1). Related: Ephemerality. Originally of diseases and lifespans; extended sense of “transitory” is from 1630s.
[ih-pis-kuh-puh l] /ɪˈpɪs kə pəl/ adjective 1. of or relating to a : episcopal authority. 2. based on or recognizing a governing order of : an episcopal hierarchy. 3. (initial capital letter) designating the Anglican Church or some branch of it, as the Episcopal Church in America. noun 4. (initial capital letter) Informal. an . […]
[ee-kwuh l] /ˈi kwəl/ adjective 1. as great as; the same as (often followed by to or with): The velocity of sound is not equal to that of light. 2. like or alike in quantity, degree, value, etc.; of the same rank, ability, merit, etc.: two students of equal brilliance. 3. evenly proportioned or balanced: […]
[ih-kwey-zhuh n, -shuh n] /ɪˈkweɪ ʒən, -ʃən/ noun 1. the act of or making equal; equalization: the symbolic equation of darkness with death. 2. equally balanced state; equilibrium. 3. Mathematics. an expression or a proposition, often algebraic, asserting the equality of two quantities. 4. Also called chemical equation. Chemistry. a symbolic representation showing the kind […]
[ee-kwuh-lib-ree-uh m, ek-wuh-] /ˌi kwəˈlɪb ri əm, ˌɛk wə-/ noun, plural equilibriums, equilibria [ee-kwuh-lib-ree-uh, ek-wuh-] /ˌi kwəˈlɪb ri ə, ˌɛk wə-/ (Show IPA) 1. a state of rest or balance due to the equal action of opposing forces. 2. equal balance between any powers, influences, etc.; equality of effect. 3. mental or emotional balance; equanimity: […]