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The dancer’s grace, the flowing costume, and the ethereal melody created the impression that she floated through air.
characterized by an air-like insubstantiality


so delicate and insubstantial that it barely seems of this world — often beautiful

More rarely, but seen in older writings, ethereal can mean "heavenly or celestial" — as when Milton writes of an "ethereal messenger" in Paradise Lost. Similarly, it can mean "unworldly" or "spiritual".

In chemistry, there is a specialized meaning:  "of or related to the chemical, ether"
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