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Meaning of ETHEREAL

Pronunciation:  i'theereeul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  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. [adj]  characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy; "this smallest and most ethereal of birds"; "gossamer shading through his playing"
  3. [adj]  of heaven or the spirit; "celestial peace"; "ethereal melodies"; "the supernal happiness of a quiet death"
  4. [adj]  (chemistry) of or containing or dissolved in ether; "ethereal solution"

ETHEREAL is a 8 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: aerial, aeriform, aery, airy, celestial, delicate, gossamer, heavenly, insubstantial, supernal, unreal, unsubstantial



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\E*the"re*al\, a.
1. 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.

         Go, heavenly guest, ethereal messenger. --Milton.

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

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

3. (Chem.) Pertaining to, derived from, or resembling, ether;
   as, ethereal salts.

{Ethereal oil}. (Chem.) See {Essential oil}, under

{Ethereal oil of wine} (Chem.), a heavy, yellow, oily liquid
   consisting essentially of etherin, etherol, and ethyl
   sulphate. It is the oily residuum left after
   etherification. Called also {heavy oil of wine}
   (distinguished from oil of wine, or [oe]nanthic ether).

{Ethereal salt} (Chem.), a salt of some organic radical as a
   base; an ester.

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