Definition of Ethereal

1. Adjective. Characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air. "Physical rather than ethereal forms"

Exact synonyms: Aerial, Aeriform, Aery, Airy
Similar to: Insubstantial, Unreal, Unsubstantial
Derivative terms: Airiness



2. Adjective. Of or containing or dissolved in ether. "Ethereal solution"
Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry
Partainyms: Ether
Derivative terms: Ether, Ether

3. Adjective. Of heaven or the spirit. "The supernal happiness of a quiet death"
Exact synonyms: Celestial, Supernal
Similar to: Heavenly
Derivative terms: Ether

4. Adjective. Characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy. "Gossamer shading through his playing"
Exact synonyms: Gossamer
Similar to: Delicate
Derivative terms: Gossamer, Gossamer

Definition of Ethereal

1. a. 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.

Definition of Ethereal

1. Adjective. 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. ¹

2. Adjective. Consisting of ether; hence, exceedingly light or airy; tenuous; spiritlike; characterized by extreme delicacy, as form, manner, thought, etc. ¹

3. Adjective. Delicate, light and airy. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ethereal

1. airy [adj] - See also: airy

Medical Definition of Ethereal

1. 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; characterised by extreme delicacy, as form, manner, thought, etc. "Vast chain of being, which from God began, Natures ethereal, human, angel, man." (Pope) 3. Pertaining to, derived from, or resembling, ether; as, ethereal salts. Ethereal oil. A salt of some organic radical as a base; an ester. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ethereal

ethenone
ethenyl
ethenylbenzene
ethenylene
etheostomoid
etheostomoids
ethephon
ethephons
ether
ether convulsion
ether test
etherate
etherates
ethercap
ethercaps
ethereal (current term)
ethereal oil
ethereal solution
etherealisation
etherealisations
etherealise
etherealised
etherealises
etherealising
etherealism
etherealities
ethereality
etherealization
etherealizations

Literary usage of Ethereal

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1. The Physiology of Plants: A Treatise Upon the Metabolism and Sources of by Wilhelm Pfeffer (1900)
"ethereal Oils, Resin, &c. ethereal oils, balsams, resins, india-rubber, &c., are as a general rule not reassimilated, and even in an extremely fine state of ..."

2. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1890)
"ethereal Tinctures as Local Remedies.—Sir James Sawyer, Consulting Physician to the Queen's Hospital, Birmingham, writes strongly recommending the ..."

3. American Druggist (1888)
"Most ethereal oils are known to possess an agreeable odor. ... Very large quanties of ethereal oils are likewise produced by the numerous eucalyptus trees ..."

4. The True Intellectual System of the Universe: Wherein All the Reason and by Ralph Cudworth, Johann Lorenz Mosheim (1845)
"And if the heavier and grosser have so coalesced as to form men and animals, why should not the more ethereal have had the same good fortune ? ..."

5. A Treatise on Chemistry by Henry Enfield Roscoe, Carl Schorlemmer (1884)
"It has a strong ethereal smell, boils about 65°, and at 0° has a specific ... Dancer found this compound in crude wood-spirit.2 ethereal SALTS AND ETHERS OF ..."

6. THe Edinburgh New Dispensatory: Containing I. The Elements of Pharmaceutical by Andrew Duncan, William Lewis (1806)
"... and is only employed as a corrigent to purgative draughts. CHAP. XXXI. TINCTURES made with ethereal SPIRITS. ..."

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