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 ?
Yet apart from all transitory passions and the ephemeral results of mortal love, the song of the Taoist lover soars unstained, untrammelled.
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.
Thus habit differs from disposition in this, that while the latter in ephemeral, the former is permanent and difficult to alter.
The city looked so thirsty that the broad river seemed to me a sheet of metal; and the blackened statues, as I passed under their blank gaze, along the unending bridge, with their ancient garments and their saintly crowns, seemed to me the real inhabitants and owners of this place, while the busy, trivial men and women, hurrying to and fro, were a swarm of ephemeral visitants infesting it for a day.
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.
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.
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.
Of course, all that happened tonight was ephemeral, fantastic, unseemly--yet it lacked neither colour nor originality.
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.
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.
A man is to carry himself in the presence of all opposition as if every thing were titular and ephemeral but he.