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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ethereal  \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 
  {Essential}. 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ethereal 
  adj  1:  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"  [syn:  {aeriform}, 
  {aerial},  {airy},  {aery}] 
  2:  (chemistry)  of  or  containing  or  dissolved  in  ether; 
  "ethereal  solution" 
  3:  of  heaven  or  the  spirit;  "celestial  peace";  "ethereal 
  melodies";  "the  supernal  happiness  of  a  quiet  death"  [syn: 
  {celestial},  {supernal}] 
  4:  characterized  by  unusual  lightness  and  delicacy;  "this 
  smallest  and  most  ethereal  of  birds";  "gossamer  shading 
  through  his  playing"  [syn:  {gossamer}] 




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