hermetic
also hermetical adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin hermeticus, from Hermet-, Hermes Trismegistus Date: 1605 1. often capitalized a. of or relating to the Gnostic writings or teachings arising in the first three centuries A.D. and attributed to Hermes Trismegistus b. relating to or characterized by occultism or abstruseness ; recondite 2. [from the belief that Hermes Trismegistus invented a magic seal to keep vessels airtight] a. airtight <
hermetic seal
>
b. impervious to external influence <
trapped inside the hermetic military machine — Jack Newfield
>
c. recluse, solitary <
leads a hermetic life
>
hermetically adverb

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  • Hermetic — Her*met ic, Hermetical Her*met ic*al, a. [F. herm[ e]tique. See Note under {Hermes}, 1.] 1. Of, pertaining to, or taught by, Hermes Trismegistus; as, hermetic philosophy. Hence: Alchemical; chemic. Delusions of the hermetic art. Burke. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • hermetic — [[t]hɜː(r)me̱tɪk[/t]] 1) ADJ: ADJ n If a container has a hermetic seal, the seal is very tight so that no air can get in or out. [TECHNICAL] This would permit air to enter, breaking the hermetic seal of the jar. Syn: airtight Derived words:… …   English dictionary

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