from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Celestial; heavenly.
- adj. Of, coming from, or being in the sky or high above.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pertaining to heaven or to the sky; celestial.
- adj. Exalted, exquisite, superlative.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Being in a higher place or region; locally higher.
- adj. Relating or belonging to things above; celestial; heavenly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Being in a higher or upper place; situated above: as, supernal regions.
- Relating to things above; celestial; heavenly.
- In zoology, superior in position; situated high up: as, the supernal nostrils of a bird.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. being or coming from on high
- adj. of heaven or the spirit
We call the supernal lights fixed, yet they wander about yonder plain, and if
We call the supernal lights fixed, yet they wander about yonder plain, and if I look again where I looked an hour ago, the face of the eternal heavens is altered.
The second obvious element in Shelley's poetry is his love of beauty, not the common beauty of nature or humanity which Wordsworth celebrated, but a strange "supernal" beauty with no "earthly" quality or reality.
In the tiny chalets perched on the mountain ridges, folks literally dwell in cloudland, and enjoy a kind of supernal existence, having for near neighbours the eagles in their eyries and the fleet-footed chamois or izard.
For similar reasons, most people, especially most who believe in Heaven, also consider Heaven, or whatever, as a special kind of supernal real estate, as Owen Gingerich, author of the foreword to a recent English edition of Johannes Kepler's
Even if they had shown a pristine 35 print on 40-foot-high silver using a brand-new bulb, it wouldn't have looked "supernal" in the least.
a kind of supernal visitant, vanishing anon into nothingness, or only a pawnbroker's duplicate.
Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond.
According to Ms. Krieger, only 1 tablespoon of sweet butter is needed to add supernal creaminess to her recipe for mashed potatoes.
That is, the desire to realise an ideal, to touch the supernal, to create something greater than the human hand and mind can create, no matter how gifted those hands and minds might be.