ephemeral

  • 1 Ephemeral — things (from Greek εφήμερος ephemeros , literally lasting only one day [ [http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0057%3Aentry%3D%2345743 Ephemeros] , Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek English Lexicon ,… …

    Wikipedia

  • 2 Ephemeral — E*phem er*al, a. 1. Beginning and ending in a day; existing only, or no longer than, a day; diurnal; as, an ephemeral flower. [1913 Webster] 2. Short lived; existing or continuing for a short time only. Ephemeral popularity. V. Knox. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 ephemeral — [e fem′ər əl; ifem′ər əl, ēfem′ər əl] adj. [< Gr ephēmeros (see EPHEMERON) + AL] 1. lasting only one day 2. short lived; transitory [ephemeral glory] n. an ephemeral thing; specif., an organism with a brief life cycle SYN. TRANSIENT… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Ephemeral — E*phem er*al, n. Anything lasting but a day, or a brief time; an ephemeral plant, insect, etc. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 ephemeral — I adjective brevis, brief, caducous, caducus, continuing for a short time, deciduous, disappearing, elusive, enduring only a very short time, ephemerous, evanescent, existing for a short time, fleeting, fugacious, fugitive, hurried, impermanent,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 ephemeral — 1560s; see EPHEMERA (Cf. ephemera) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Related: Ephemerality. Originally of diseases and lifespans; extended sense of transitory is from 1630s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 ephemeral — transient, transitory, passing, fugitive, fleeting, evanescent, momentary, short lived Analogous words: *brief, short …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 ephemeral — [adj] momentary, passing brief, episodic, evanescent, fleeting, flitting, fugacious, fugitive, impermanent, short, short lived, temporary, transient, transitory, unenduring, volatile; concepts 798,801 Ant. enduring, eternal, everlasting,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 ephemeral — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ lasting or living for a very short time. DERIVATIVES ephemerality noun ephemerally adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 ephemeral — I. adjective Etymology: Greek ephēmeros lasting a day, daily, from epi + hēmera day Date: 1576 1. lasting one day only < an ephemeral fever > 2. lasting a very short time < ephemeral pleasures > Synonyms: see transient • ephemerally …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 ephemeral — [[t]ɪfe̱mərəl[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe something as ephemeral, you mean that it lasts only for a very short time. [FORMAL] He talked about the country s ephemeral unity being shattered by the defeat... These paintings are in some ways a… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 ephemeral — ephemerally, adv. ephemeralness, n. /i fem euhr euhl/, adj. 1. lasting a very short time; short lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of childhood. 2. lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower. n. 3. anything short lived, as certain insects. [1570 …

    Universalium

  • 13 ephemeral — [16] Ephemeral, now used fairly loosely for ‘transitory’, originally meant specifically ‘lasting only one day’. It comes from Greek ephémeros, a compound formed from the prefix epí ‘on’ and hēmérā ‘day’. The Greeks named the mayfly ephémeron,… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 14 ephemeral — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. short lived, fugitive, transient, transitory, fleeting, evanescent, momentary. See transientness. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. transient, evanescent, fleeting; see evanescent , temporary . See… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 ephemeral — e|phem|e|ral [ıˈfemərəl] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Greek; Origin: ephemeros lasting a day , from hemera day ] existing or popular for only a short time ▪ Fashion is by nature ephemeral …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 ephemeral — e|phem|er|al [ ı fem(ə)rəl ] adjective lasting for only a short time a. TECHNICAL an ephemeral plant has only a short life …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 ephemeral — adjective popular or important for only a short time: Fashions are by nature fickle and ephemeral. ephemerally adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 ephemeral — adjective last year s ephemeral fashions Syn: transitory, transient, fleeting, passing, short lived, momentary, brief, short; temporary, impermanent, short term; fly by night See note at temporary Ant: permanent …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 ephemeral — UK [ɪˈfemərəl] / US [ɪˈfem(ə)rəl] adjective a) lasting for only a short time b) biology an ephemeral plant has only a short life …

    English dictionary

  • 20 ephemeral — e•phem•er•al [[t]ɪˈfɛm ər əl[/t]] adj. 1) lasting a very short time; short lived; transitory 2) lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower[/ex] 3) anything short lived, as certain insects • Etymology: 1570–80; < Gk ephḗmer(os) short lived,… …

    From formal English to slang


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