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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪˈθɪə.ɹi.əl/
- (US) IPA(key): /ɪˈθɪɹ.i.əl/, /əˈθɪɹ.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: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], 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.
- Delicate, light and airy.
- (chemistry) To do with ether.
- (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