• WordNet 3.6
    • adj hermetic completely sealed; completely airtight
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hermetic Made perfectly close or air-tight by fusion, so that no gas or spirit can enter or escape; as, an hermetic seal. See Note under Hermetically.
    • Hermetic Of or pertaining to the system which explains the causes of diseases and the operations of medicine on the principles of the hermetic philosophy, and which made much use, as a remedy, of an alkali and an acid; as, hermetic medicine.
    • Hermetic Of, pertaining to, or taught by, Hermes Trismegistus; as, hermetic philosophy. Hence: Alchemical; chemic. "Delusions of the hermetic art.""The alchemists, as the people were called who tried to make gold, considered themselves followers of Hermes, and often called themselves Hermetic philosophers."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hermetic Of or pertaining to Hermes.
    • hermetic [cap. or lowercase] Pertaining to Hermes Trismegistus, or to the theosophy, cosmogony, and later alchemy and astrology associated with his name; alchemic. Thoth, the Egyptian Hermes, was supposed to have written certain sacred books of the Egyptian priests, which treated of the doctrine and ritual of religion and various natural sciences. In the second century after Christ, these true Hermetic books having been forgotten (for they were always kept secret), other books appeared, containing a jumble of incongruous theosophical and philosophical ideas, bearing the name of Hermes Trismegistus as their author, and assumed to be the ancient sacred books of Egypt. They were doubtless written by Alexandrian Neo-Platonists. To them were added alchemical and astrological books attributed to the same author.
    • hermetic Of or pertaining to a hermes: as, a hermetic column.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Hermetic hėr-met′ik belonging in any way to the the beliefs current in the Middle Ages under the name of Hermes, the Thrice Great: belonging to magic or alchemy, magical: perfectly close
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. hermétique,. See Note under Hermes, 1
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Hermēs Trismegistos, Hermes 'the thrice-greatest,' the Greek name for the Egyptian god Thoth, who was god of science, esp. alchemy.


In literature:

Nothing prevents his breathing salt air fresh from the north pole but hermetically sealed windows.
"Civics and Health" by William H. Allen
On being opened, the contents began to evaporate very fast, and it was, therefore, closed hermetically.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
It should then be hermetically sealed, and not opened during the voyage.
"Movement of the International Literary Exchanges, between France and North America from January 1845 to May, 1846" by Various
Does he like fresh air, or does he want the windows hermetically sealed at night.
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
Understand, in those days, canning, known as "hermetic sealing," was still a laboratory process.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
In 1916, the National Paper Can Company of Milwaukee first introduced to the trade its new hermetically sealed all-paper can for coffee.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
I don't think I've such a thing as a bone belonging to me no more than if I had been hermetically sealed in a register-boiler.
"Forgotten Tales of Long Ago" by E. V. Lucas
Through the open door and the tiny hermetically closed windows the grey twilight peeped in shyly.
"A Bride of the Plains" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The delicate pieces of the machinery were carefully taken down, and the room which contained them was hermetically closed.
"The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras" by Jules Verne
And, above this portal that seemed hermetically sealed, was a white figure such as Chet had seen.
"The Finding of Haldgren" by Charles Willard Diffin

In poetry:

The ordinary milkman brought that dawn
Of destiny, delivered to the door
In square hermetic bottles, while the sun
Ruled decree of doomsday on the floor.
"The Trial Of A Man" by Sylvia Plath
In fake Hermetic uniforms
Behind our battle-line, in swarms
That keep alighting,
His existentialists declare
That they are in complete despair,
Yet go on writing.
"Under Which Lyre" by W H Auden
In our morale must lie our strength:
So, that we may behold at length
Routed Apollo's
Battalions melt away like fog,
Keep well the Hermetic Decalogue,
Which runs as follows:—
"Under Which Lyre" by W H Auden

In news:

Country music has its fair share of purists—those who believe the genre should be hermetically sealed, lest its essence be tainted by elements of other styles.
A discussion of advancements in hermetic seals and how these are essential for controlling high-speed magnetic bearing systems.
Hermetic Collection at Green Gallery.
Hoses With Overmolded Cuffs Feature Hermetic Seal.
TO-8 VCO Are Hermetically Sealed.
In the first scene of The Iron Lady, 80-something Margaret Thatcher is presented as a little old lady unfit for the fast-moving world outside her hermetic London townhouse.
Precision Hermetic Technology (PHT) now offers high-bandwidth, high-frequency, hermetic interconnects with glass-to-metal seal reliability for military and aerospace ruggedized applications.
Testing Technologies for Hermetic, Sterile Containers.
This Challenge seeks to identify novel technologies, particularly existing technologies outside the Seeker's industry, for high-throughput testing of the integrity of hermetically sealed, sterile containers.
Model CMA-62+ is a ceramic -packaged, hermetically sealed, nitrogen-filled monolithic amplifier from Mini-Circuits with flat gain from 10 MHz to 6 GHz.
If you can't afford the latest in hermetically-sealed, super energy-efficient windows, or if your front door is a '70s leftover that lets in almost as much air closed as open, you're not out of luck.
The hermetically sealed, fiber-in-metal tube cables can be used to house and shield the company's mid-infrared Fibers (iGuideTM) against severe physical (e.g.
There is no remoteness of life and thought, no hermetically sealed seclusion, except, possibly, that of the grave, into which the disturbing influences of this war do not penetrate.
PTE5000 hermetically sealed modular pressure sensors use a thin film strain gauge sensing element and custom ASIC for accurate and highly stable output.
Star Meryl Streep, eightysomething Margaret Thatcher is presented as a little old lady unfit for the fast-moving world outside her hermetic London townhouse.

In science:

This requires that the detector be as hermetic as possible.
ILC Reference Design Report Volume 1 - Executive Summary
Multi-jet final states and supersymmetry (SUSY) searches put a premium on hermeticity and full solid angle coverage.
ILC Reference Design Report Volume 1 - Executive Summary
The jet mass resolution appears achievable if the detector has an excellent, highly efficient, nearly hermetic tracking system and a finely segmented calorimeter.
ILC Reference Design Report Volume 1 - Executive Summary
The very forward region of the ILC detector is instrumented with a calorimeter (BeamCal) that extends calorimeter hermeticity to small angles.
ILC Reference Design Report Volume 1 - Executive Summary
The primary tool for jet detection in both DØ and CDF is the calorimeter system which provides good electron and hadron energy resolution, a fine segmentation, hermeticity, and shower containment.
QCD, Tevatron results and LHC prospects