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ETHEREAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ethereal mean? 

ETHEREAL (adjective)
  The adjective ETHEREAL has 4 senses:

1. characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air
2. of or containing or dissolved in ether
3. of heaven or the spirit
4. characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy

  Familiarity information: ETHEREAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ETHEREAL (adjective)


Sense 1ethereal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air

Synonyms:

aery; ethereal; aeriform; aerial; airy

Context examples:

figures light and aeriform come unlooked for and melt away / aerial fancies / an airy apparition / physical rather than ethereal forms

Similar:

insubstantial; unreal; unsubstantial (lacking material form or substance; unreal)


Sense 2ethereal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or containing or dissolved in ether

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

ethereal solution

Domain category:

chemical science; chemistry (the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions)

Pertainym:

ether (a colorless volatile highly inflammable liquid formerly used as an inhalation anesthetic)


Sense 3ethereal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of heaven or the spirit

Synonyms:

supernal; celestial; ethereal

Context examples:

celestial peace / ethereal melodies / the supernal happiness of a quiet death

Similar:

heavenly (of or belonging to heaven or god)


Sense 4ethereal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy

Synonyms:

gossamer; ethereal

Context examples:

this smallest and most ethereal of birds / gossamer shading through his playing

Similar:

delicate (exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury)


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