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a. The highest reaches of heaven, believed by the ancients to be a realm of pure fire or light.
b. The abode of God and the angels; paradise.
2. The sky.
Of or relating to the empyrean of ancient belief.
[From Medieval Latin empyreum, from empyreus, empyreal; see empyreal.]
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) archaic the highest part of the (supposedly spherical) heavens, thought in ancient times to contain the pure element of fire and by early Christians to be the abode of God and the angels
2. poetic the heavens or sky
3. of or relating to the sky, the heavens, or the empyrean
4. heavenly or sublime
5. archaic composed of fire
[C17: from Medieval Latin empyreus, from Greek empuros fiery, from pur fire]
em•py•re•an(ˌɛm pəˈri ən, -paɪ-, ɛmˈpɪr i ən, -ˈpaɪ ri-)
1. the highest heaven, supposed by the ancients to contain the pure element of fire.
2. the visible heavens; the firmament.adj.
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|Noun||1.||empyrean - the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected|
apex of the sun's way, solar apex, apex - the point on the celestial sphere toward which the sun and solar system appear to be moving relative to the fixed stars
celestial point - a point in the heavens (on the celestial sphere)
nadir - the point below the observer that is directly opposite the zenith on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected
surface - the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object; "they skimmed over the surface of the water"; "a brush small enough to clean every dental surface"; "the sun has no distinct surface"
zenith - the point above the observer that is directly opposite the nadir on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected
zodiac - a belt-shaped region in the heavens on either side to the ecliptic; divided into 12 constellations or signs for astrological purposes
|Adj.||1.||empyrean - of or relating to the sky or heavens; "the empyrean sphere"|
|2.||empyrean - inspiring awe; "well-meaning ineptitude that rises to empyreal absurdity"- M.S.Dworkin; "empyrean aplomb"- Hamilton Basso; "the sublime beauty of the night"|
glorious - having or deserving or conferring glory; "a long and glorious career"; "our glorious literature"