from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. 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).
- adj. Living or lasting only for a day, as certain plants or insects do.
- n. A markedly short-lived thing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something which lasts for a short period of time.
- adj. Lasting for a short period of time.
- adj. Existing for only one day, as with some flowers, insects, and diseases.
- adj. Usually dry, but filling with water for brief periods during and after precipitation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Beginning and ending in a day; existing only, or no longer than, a day; diurnal.
- adj. Short-lived; existing or continuing for a short time only.
- n. Anything lasting but a day, or a brief time; an ephemeral plant, insect, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In zoology, lasting but one day; ephemeric; ephemerous.
- Hence Existing or continuing for a very short time only; short-lived; transitory.
- Also, rarely, ephemeric.
- Synonyms Transient, fleeting, evanescent.
- n. Anything which lasts or lives but for a day or for a very short time, as certain insects.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day in its winged form
- adj. lasting a very short time
When your entire brand is built on the temporary, fleeting, and inevitably obsolete currency of youthful physical beauty, sexual allure, and cultural status, the word "ephemeral" comes to mind.
How, then, with that kind of history, do you think the government will fare attempting to prevent the flow of something so ephemeral is “electronic bits” around the world?
That moment where you know something profound and ephemeral is happening and you are not just the witness, put part of the action, the experience, absorbing every moment into every cell.
That moment where you know something profound and ephemeral is happening and [...]
It was a place in which happiness could only break through in short ephemeral bursts, briefly streaking across our skies like a dying comet.
With these concerns on his mind, Kant now supplements "voice" with the further hypothesis that aesthetic experience, far from being something ephemeral, is in essence "contemplative" and therefore invested in its own prolongation:
And using the word ephemeral in its strict sense, Don Marquis is unquestionably the cleverest of our ephemeral philosophers.
In so doing, the goodness which would be ephemeral is embalmed; the examples worthy of perpetual imitation are kept as ever-burning lights in the darkness of the world.
A popularity based solely on immediacy is by definition ephemeral; if the plays' success derived from their ability to speak to a specific zeitgeist, this also meant they dated very quickly.
Often drawn to what could be called ephemeral materials -- one of the best-known Arte Povera figures, Piero Manzoni, notoriously canned and sold his own excrement in the early 1960s -- the movement's artists were as humorous as the minimalists were solemn, as idiosyncratic as the American conceptualists were dogmatic.