What does ethereal mean?

Definitions for ethereal
ɪˈθɪər i əlethe·r·e·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aeriform, aerial, airy, aery, etherealadjective

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

    "figures light and aeriform come unlooked for and melt away"- Thomas Carlyle; "aerial fancies"; "an airy apparition"; "physical rather than ethereal forms"

  2. etherealadjective

    of or containing or dissolved in ether

    "ethereal solution"

  3. celestial, ethereal, supernaladjective

    of heaven or the spirit

    "celestial peace"; "ethereal melodies"; "the supernal happiness of a quiet death"

  4. ethereal, gossameradjective

    characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy

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

Wiktionary

  1. etherealadjective

    Pertaining to the hypothetical upper, purer air, or to the higher regions beyond the earth or beyond the atmosphere; celestial; otherworldly; as, ethereal space; ethereal regions.

  2. etherealadjective

    Consisting of ether; hence, exceedingly light or airy; tenuous; spiritlike; characterized by extreme delicacy, as form, manner, thought, etc.

  3. etherealadjective

    Delicate, light and airy.

  4. Etymology: From aetherius, from αἰθέριος.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Etherealadjective

    Etymology: from ether.

    Man feels me, when I press th’ ethereal plains. Dryden.

    Go, heav’nly guest, ethereal messenger,
    Sent from whose sov’reign goodness I adore. John Milton.

    Thrones and imperial pow’rs, offspring of heav’n,
    Ethereal virtues! John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii. l. 311.

    Such as these, being in good part freed from the entanglements of sense and body, are employed, like the spirits above, in contemplating the Divine Wisdom in the works of nature; a kind of anticipation of the ethereal happiness and employment. Joseph Glanvill, Apol.

    Vast chain of being, which from God began,
    Natures ethereal, human; angel, man. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Etherealadjective

    pertaining to the hypothetical upper, purer air, or to the higher regions beyond the earth or beyond the atmosphere; celestial; as, ethereal space; ethereal regions

  2. Etherealadjective

    consisting of ether; hence, exceedingly light or airy; tenuous; spiritlike; characterized by extreme delicacy, as form, manner, thought, etc

  3. Etherealadjective

    pertaining to, derived from, or resembling, ether; as, ethereal salts

Freebase

  1. Ethereal

    Ethereal is a New Zealand Thoroughbred racehorse. The mare is best known for winning the 2001 Melbourne Cup.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ethereal in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ethereal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of ethereal in a Sentence

  1. Erik Pevernagie:

    The whole wire system of the brain could be disconnected in a spark of a second by a sometimes unsignificant detail. An unexpected incident or an innocuous phone call may provoke an ethereal distress that might plunge one’s life into chaos and like a sudden twist of fate overturn everything, ransacking the assembled experiences of our history. (“Alors, tout a basculé”)

  2. Carrie Fisher:

    So when I started thinking about who I wanted to design my wedding dress, they were the first people who came to mind, i have always been a massive fan of their work and thought their elegant, ethereal, unique style was a perfect fit for my — kind of —elegant, ethereal, unique personality.

  3. Henri-Frédéric Amiel:

    Mozart has the classic purity of light and the blue ocean; Beethoven the romantic grandeur which belongs to the storms of air and sea, and while the soul of Mozart seems to dwell on the ethereal peaks of Olympus, that of Beethoven climbs shuddering the storm-beaten sides of a Sinai. Blessed be they both! Each represents a moment of the ideal life, each does us good. Our love is due to both.

  4. Meghan Markle:

    That poem became this story, christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolor illustrations that capture the warmth, joy and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life; this representation was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens.

  5. Czon:

    The ethereal beauty of the female semblance conceals that they really are dangerous like a great white shark in the most peaceful and deep water.

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