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Aeriform   Listen

Resembling air or having the form of air.  Synonym: airlike.
Characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air.  Synonyms: aerial, aery, airy, ethereal.  "Aerial fancies" , "An airy apparition" , "Physical rather than ethereal forms"

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"Aeriform" Quotes from Famous Books

... vapour and clouds of ashes might have disturbed the atmospheric equilibrium. Humboldt extends this view to the case of earthquakes unaccompanied by eruptions; but I can hardly conceive it possible, that the small quantity of aeriform fluids which then escape from the fissured ground, can produce such remarkable effects. There appears much probability in the view first proposed by Mr. P. Scrope, that when the barometer is low, and when rain might naturally be expected ...
— The Voyage of the Beagle • Charles Darwin

... physical agencies than the accumulation of vegetable matter in a peat bog and its transformation into coal? No scientific person at this day doubts that our solar system is a progressive development, whether in his conception he begins with molten masses, or aeriform or nebulous masses, or with a fluid revolving mass of vast extent, from which the specific existing worlds have been developed one by one What theist doubts that the actual results of the development in the inorganic worlds are not merely compatible with design but ...
— Darwiniana - Essays and Reviews Pertaining to Darwinism • Asa Gray

... solids into fluids or gases may be explained on the idea of the loss of vibratory motion in consequence of the revolution of particles round their axes at the moment when the body becomes fluid or aeriform, or from the loss of rapidity of vibration in consequence of the motion ...
— The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science • Various

Words linked to "Aeriform" :   unsubstantial, unreal, insubstantial, gaseous, airy

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