- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪˈθɪə.ɹɪ.əl/
- (US) IPA(key): /ɪˈθɪɚ.i.əl/
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- Pertaining to the hypothetical upper, purer air, or to the higher regions beyond the earth or beyond the atmosphere; celestial; otherworldly.
- ethereal space ethereal regions
- 1667, John Milton, “Book VII”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554, lines 1282–1284:
- Since to part, / Go heavenly Gueſt, Ethereal Meſſenger, / Sent from whoſe ſovran goodneſs I adore.
- 1862: Thoreau, Walking.
- I trust that we shall be more imaginative, that our thoughts will be clearer, fresher, and more ethereal, as our sky, […]
- Consisting of ether; hence, exceedingly light or airy; tenuous; spiritlike; characterized by extreme delicacy, as form, manner, thought, etc.
- 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 1, page 3:
- Strange mystery of our nature, that those in whom genius developes itself in imagination, thus taking its most ethereal form, should yet be the most dependent on the opinions of others!
- Delicate, light and airy.
- (chemistry) To do with ether.
- an ethereal solution
- (pertaining to the hypothetical upper, purer air): aereous, mystical, transcendental; See also Thesaurus:cosmic
- (consisting of ether): ethereous; See also Thesaurus:gaseous, Thesaurus:insubstantial, or Thesaurus:subtle
- (delicate, light and airy): gossamer; See also Thesaurus:fragile
- (to do with ether): ethereous, etheric, etherical
Pertaining to the hypothetical upper, purer air, or to the higher regions beyond the earth or beyond the atmosphere
Consisting of ether; hence, exceedingly light or airy; tenuous; spiritlike; characterized by extreme delicacy
Delicate, light and airy