ephemeral


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e·phem·er·al

 (ĭ-fĕm′ər-əl)
adj.
1. Lasting for a markedly brief time: "There remain some truths too ephemeral to be captured in the cold pages of a court transcript" (Irving R. Kaufman).
2. Having a short lifespan or a short annual period of aboveground growth. Used especially of plants.
n.
Something, especially a plant, that is ephemeral.

[From Greek ephēmeros : ep-, epi-, epi- + hēmerā, day.]

e·phem′er·al′i·ty, e·phem′er·al·ness n.
e·phem′er·al·ly adv.

ephemeral

(ɪˈfɛmərəl)
adj
lasting for only a short time; transitory; short-lived: ephemeral pleasure.
n
1. (Biology) a short-lived organism, such as the mayfly
2. (Botany) a plant that completes its life cycle in less than one year, usually less than six months
[C16: from Greek ephēmeros lasting only a day, from hēmera day]
eˈphemerally adv
eˌphemerˈality, eˈphemeralness n

e•phem•er•al

(ɪˈfɛm ər əl)

adj.
1. lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory.
2. lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower.
n.
3. anything short-lived, as certain insects.
[1570–80; < Greek ephḗmer(os) short-lived, lasting but a day]
e•phem′er•al•ly, adv.
e•phem`er•al′i•ty, e•phem′er•al•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ephemeral - anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day in its winged form
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
Adj.1.ephemeral - lasting a very short time; "the ephemeral joys of childhood"; "a passing fancy"; "youth's transient beauty"; "love is transitory but it is eternal"; "fugacious blossoms"
impermanent, temporary - not permanent; not lasting; "politics is an impermanent factor of life"- James Thurber; "impermanent palm cottages"; "a temperary arrangement"; "temporary housing"

ephemeral

ephemeral

adjective
Translations
hetkellinenlyhytaikainenohimenevä
efemerankratkotrajanprivremen
efemeryczny

ephemeral

[ɪˈfemərəl] ADJefímero

ephemeral

[ɪˈfɛmərəl] adjéphémère

ephemeral

adjephemer (geh, Zool), → kurzlebig; happiness alsoflüchtig

ephemeral

[ɪˈfɛmərl] adjeffimero/a

ephemeral

a. efímero-a, pasajero-a.
References in classic literature ?
The general tuckermanities are arrant Bubbles - ephemeral and so transparent - But this is, now, - you may depend upon it - Stable, opaque, immortal - all by dint Of the dear names that lie concealed within 't.
Yet apart from all transitory passions and the ephemeral results of mortal love, the song of the Taoist lover soars unstained, untrammelled.
Thus habit differs from disposition in this, that while the latter in ephemeral, the former is permanent and difficult to alter.
Only, as hereafter you will see me alone, forgotten, disdained; as you will see me punished, as I am destined to be punished, spare me in my ephemeral happiness, leave it to me for a few days, for a few minutes.
It was during an access of this kind that I suddenly left my home, and bending my steps towards the near Alpine valleys, sought in the magnificence, the eternity of such scenes, to forget myself and my ephemeral, because human, sorrows.
A placer camp he knew was ephemeral, while a quartz camp abided, and he kept a score of men in the quest for months.
The sixteen sonnets which belong here show how nobly this form could be adapted to the varied expression of the most serious thought, but otherwise Milton abandoned poetry, at least the publication of it, for prose, and for prose which was mostly ephemeral.
Rabbits, hares, snakes, rats, mice, retreated inwards as into a fastness, unaware of the ephemeral nature of their refuge, and of the doom that awaited them later in the day when, their covert shrinking to a more and more horrible narrowness, they were huddled together, friends and foes, till the last few yards of upright wheat fell also under the teeth of the unerring reaper, and they were every one put to death by the sticks and stones of the harvesters.
Assistant Commissioners come and go, but a valuable Chief Inspector is not an ephemeral office phenomenon.
Marfa Petrovna had not the slightest intention of settling anything substantial on him, having regard for his children's interests, and, if she left him anything, it would only be the merest sufficiency, something insignificant and ephemeral, which would not last a year for a man of his habits.
Provincial diffidence, that slight varnish, the ephemeral flower, that down of the peach, had evaporated to the winds through the little orthodox counsels which the three Musketeers gave their friend.
The flower will wither in a few moments and leave nothing save its brown seed vessels; but thence may be perpetuated a race as ephemeral as itself.