Also, Aeolic. belonging to a nation of people in ancient Greece named after , its legendary founder.
a member of one of the four main divisions of the prehistoric Greeks.
Compare (def 5), (def 2), (def 3).
pertaining to , or to the winds in general.
(usually lowercase) of or caused by the wind; wind-blown.
They are ridges of Aeolian limestone plastered over by a thin layer of corals and other calcareous organisms.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6 Various
It sounded as if the evening breeze were stirring Aeolian harps.
Citizen Bird Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
The breeze had now freshened till it was singing 125an Aeolian song in every wire and brace of the Golden Butterfly.
The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship Margaret Burnham
Suddenly there arose on the air a sound of sweet, soft music, like the gentle breathings of an Aeolian harp.
Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines R.M. Ballantyne
“My name is Manicamp,” replied the young man, in a voice whose tones were as harmonious and sweet as the notes of an Aeolian harp.
Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere
She had determined to keep her word to learn to speak, write, and compose verses in the Aeolian dialect of the Greek tongue.
The Emperor, Complete Georg Ebers
He had struck the piano, and the strings answered with a faint, Aeolian confusion.
Dragon’s blood Henry Milner Rideout
The soughing of the wind through the leafy boughs sounded like the faint music of Aeolian harps.
The Hill of Venus Nathan Gallizier
He added, presently, a great Aeolian Orchestrelle, with a variety of music for his different moods.
Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete Albert Bigelow Paine
The steamer whistles every minute; its whistle is midway between the bray of an ass and an Aeolian harp.
Letters of Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov
of or relating to the wind; produced or carried by the wind
a member of a Hellenic people who settled in Thessaly and Boeotia and colonized Lesbos and parts of the Aegean coast of Asia Minor
of or relating to this people or their dialect of Ancient Greek; Aeolic
of or relating to Aeolus
denoting or relating to an authentic mode represented by the ascending natural diatonic scale from A to A: the basis of the modern minor key See also Hypo-
c.1600, “of the wind,” from Latin Æolus “god of the winds,” from Greek Aiolos, from aiolos “quickly moving.” Æolian harp first recorded 1791. The ancient district of Aiolis in Asia Minor was said to have been named for the wind god, hence Æolian also refers to one branch of the ancient Greek people.
eolian also aeolian
Relating to, caused by, or carried by the wind. Loess is an eolian deposit.
- Aeolian deposits
plural noun (geology) sediments, such as loess, made up of windblown grains of sand or dust Historical Examples These are in part of glacial origin, and contain Scandinavian boulders; but fluviatile and aeolian deposits also occur. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 7 Various
- Aeolian harp
a box with an opening across which are stretched a number of strings of equal length that are tuned in unison and sounded by the wind. Historical Examples He listened intently and heard instead of warblings, fine strains of music like those of an aeolian harp. The Independence Day Horror at Killsbury Asenath Carver Coolidge […]
- Aeolian islands
ancient Greek name of . plural noun another name for the Lipari Islands
- Aeolian mode
an authentic church mode represented on the white keys of a keyboard instrument by an ascending scale from A to A.
- Aeolian tone
noun the musical tone produced by the passage of a current of air over a stretched string, etc, as in an aeolian harp