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A satellite of Uranus.

[After Ariel, a sylph that guards the heroine of The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope.]
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(Animals) an Arabian gazelle, Gazella arabica (or dama)
[C19: from Arabic aryal]


(Celestial Objects) the smallest of the four large satellites of Uranus
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(ˈɛər i əl)

(in Shakespeare's The Tempest) a spirit of the air who is required to use his magic to help Prospero.
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References in classic literature ?
Macallan, "and you will have another surprise--you will see the 'delicate Ariel.'"
"Ariel!" sighed Miserrimus Dexter out of the darkness, in his softest notes.
To my astonishment the coarse, masculine voice of the cousin in the man's hat--the Caliban's, rather than the Ariel's voice--answered, "Here!"
Carrying the lamp in one hand, the looking-glass in the other, and the brush (with the comb stuck in it) between her teeth, Ariel the Second, otherwise Dexter's cousin, presented herself plainly before me for the first time.
He was too deeply interested in this occupation to speak until some of the concluding touches to his beard brought the misnamed Ariel in front of him, and so turned her full face toward the part of the room in which Mrs.
"Ariel! you have learned to dress my hair and anoint my beard, haven't you?"
He did not know, and he was never to know, that one, known to men as Harley Kennan, but known as "Husband-Man" by the woman he called "Wife-Woman," who owned the three-topmast schooner yacht Ariel, had saved his life by sending a thirty-thirty Marlin bullet through the base of a shark's fin.
But Jerry was to know Harley Kennan, and quickly, for it was Harley Kennan, a bowline around his body under his arm-pits, lowered by a couple of seamen down the generous freeboard of the Ariel, who gathered in by the nape of the neck the smooth-coated Irish terrier that, treading water perpendicularly, had no eyes for him so eagerly did he gaze at the line of faces along the rail in quest of the one face.
"You mean," Villa Kennan challenged, "that these head-hunting cannibals ashore here keep records of pedigrees and maintain kennels; for surely this absurd adventurer of a dog is as proper an Irish terrier as the Ariel is an Oregon-pine-planked schooner."
Next he carefully smelled and identified the man with the beach of Tulagi and the deck of the Ariel, and again his excitement began to mount.
Disney's upcoming film follows the story of Prince Eric who falls for the mermaid Ariel after she saves him from drowning.