Definition of Ephemeral

1. Noun. Anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day in its winged form.

Exact synonyms: Ephemeron
Generic synonyms: Insect



2. Adjective. Lasting a very short time. "Fugacious blossoms"

Definition of Ephemeral

1. a. Beginning and ending in a day; existing only, or no longer than, a day; diurnal; as, an ephemeral flower.

2. n. Anything lasting but a day, or a brief time; an ephemeral plant, insect, etc.

Definition of Ephemeral

1. Noun. Something which lasts for a short period of time. ¹

2. Adjective. Lasting for a short period of time. ¹

3. Adjective. (biology) Existing for only one day, as with some flowers, insects, and diseases. ¹

4. Adjective. (geology of a body of water) Usually dry, but filling with water for brief periods during and after precipitation. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ephemeral

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Ephemeral

1. Short-lived. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ephemeral

ephebophilic
ephebos
ephebus
ephedras
ephedrin
ephedrine
ephedrine-NAD oxidoreductase
ephedrines
ephedrins
ephelides
ephelis
ephemera
ephemerae
ephemeral (current term)
ephemeral fever
ephemeral fever of cattle
ephemeral fever virus
ephemeral lake
ephemeral lakes
ephemeralities
ephemerality
ephemerally
ephemeralness
ephemerals
ephemeran
ephemerans
ephemeras
ephemeric

Literary usage of Ephemeral

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"It has always seemed to me that whenever the clinician has been forced to diagnosticate "ephemeral fever" he admits ignorance of the cause of the febrile ..."

2. Proceedings of the American Medico-Psychological Association Annual Meeting by American Psychiatric Association (1899)
"The cases to which I allude would fall under the class of mania styled, by Dr. Clouston, ephemeral mania or mania transitoria, and defined by him as a ..."

3. The Dublin University Magazine: A Literary and Political Journal (1878)
"... what is ephemeral literature : is more easily answered at the present day than the question, what is not? It is fortunate for modern ..."

4. The Bookman (1903)
"All these little ephemeral exasperations must be taken into consideration. They go a long way toward explaining, if not condoning, the spirit of injustice ..."

5. The Diagnostics of internal medicine: A Clinical Treatise Upon the by Glentworth Reeve Butler (1906)
"If the elevated temperature lasts for not more than 2-t hours it is an ephemeral fever ; if for from 3 to 6 days it is spoken of as febrícula or simple ..."

6. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"It has always seemed to me that whenever the clinician has been forced to diagnosticate "ephemeral fever" he admits ignorance of the cause of the febrile ..."

7. Proceedings of the American Medico-Psychological Association Annual Meeting by American Psychiatric Association (1899)
"The cases to which I allude would fall under the class of mania styled, by Dr. Clouston, ephemeral mania or mania transitoria, and defined by him as a ..."

8. The Dublin University Magazine: A Literary and Political Journal (1878)
"... what is ephemeral literature : is more easily answered at the present day than the question, what is not? It is fortunate for modern ..."

9. The Bookman (1903)
"All these little ephemeral exasperations must be taken into consideration. They go a long way toward explaining, if not condoning, the spirit of injustice ..."

10. The Diagnostics of internal medicine: A Clinical Treatise Upon the by Glentworth Reeve Butler (1906)
"If the elevated temperature lasts for not more than 2-t hours it is an ephemeral fever ; if for from 3 to 6 days it is spoken of as febrícula or simple ..."

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