Definition of ephemeral in English:
1Lasting for a very short time: fashions are ephemeral
More example sentences
- The pictures reflect an interest in the ephemeral, impermanent, transient nature of the world.
- It is in this room that fleeting, ephemeral moments in time are transformed into lasting eternal pieces of art.
- The writer aims to take those fleeting, ephemeral, sensual moments and transform them into something rich, coherent and meaningful.
1.1(Chiefly of plants) having a very short life cycle.
- Bulbs have a very different life strategy from ephemeral weeds.
- In northern Utah, Osmia lignaria propinqua emerge beginning in late April, coincident with the flowering of spring ephemeral herbs and shrubs.
- This correlation is well established for ephemeral species.
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An ephemeral plant.
- However, the spring ephemerals and plants that flower during the spring are often difficult to identify when flowers are not present, and cannot reliably be identified late in the growing season.
- Wildflowers that grow beneath the canopy include so-called spring ephemerals - plants that usually come up in early April, bloom no later than the end of May, set seeds in May or June, and disappear by July.
- Seasonal changes in understory species from spring ephemerals to evergreen herbs are discussed in a number of contexts throughout the book.
- Example sentences
- There are many passages in which Woolf seems concerned to indicate the simultaneous stasis and ephemerality of the moment through a concentrated documentation of sounds and overheard voices.
- He has crafted a plot based on the principle of ephemerality, of transience, of allowing a dream to exist only to have it withdrawn.
- The technological ephemerality of this medium means that we will not have the luxury of stumbling across these intimate mementoes in 100 years' time.
- Example sentences
- These people have indeed wrestled the zeitgeist, but their code, for the most part, is not fundamental: it is ephemerally contemporary.
- None of this will matter once everything is digitized and it's all ephemerally available on demand for some micropayment.
- Occasionally, it's very good, but a lot of it, like this, is banal in concept, timid in presentation and ephemerally unmemorable.
Words that rhyme with ephemeralfemoral
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