ethereal definition

  • adjective:
    • Characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; intangible.
    • definitely refined; fragile. See Synonyms at airy.
    • Of the celestial spheres; heavenly.
    • Not of the world; religious.
    • Chemistry Of or regarding ether.
    • related to the hypothetical upper, purer air, or to the higher areas beyond the planet earth or beyond the atmosphere; celestial; otherworldly; because, ethereal space; ethereal regions.
    • Consisting of ether; hence, extremely light or airy; tenuous; spiritlike; characterized by extreme delicacy, as kind, way, thought, etc.
    • fragile, light and airy.
    • with respect to the hypothetical upper, purer atmosphere, or even to the larger regions beyond the earth or beyond the atmosphere; celestial
    • composed of ether; thus, exceedingly light or airy; tenuous; spiritlike; described as extreme delicacy, as kind, way, thought, etc.
    • with respect to, based on, or resembling, ether.
    • of heaven or perhaps the spirit
    • of or containing or dissolved in ether
    • characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy
    • described as lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as environment
  • others:
    • Formed of or containing or full of ether (sense 1); ergo, relating or of the heavens or paradise; heavenly; celestial; spiritual: since, ethereal space; ethereal areas.
    • Figuratively, obtaining the traits of ether or environment; light, intangible, etc.
    • current floating around; resembling atmosphere; looking blue like sky; aërial: since, “ethereal hills,”
    • In physics, of, with respect to, or having the constitution of ether (feeling 2).
    • In chem., of or pertaining to an ether or to ether: as, “ethereal liquids,”
    • Same as volatile oil (which see, under volatile). Synonyms Airy, aerial, empyreal.

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