What does the word phantasmal mean?

Usage examples for phantasmal

  1. And, in another sense also, do those poets who deal with human character, as all the greater do, continually suggest to us the purely phantasmal nature of life except as it is related to the world of ideas. – The Function Of The Poet And Other Essays by James Russell Lowell
  2. From out his vision vast The early gods have passed, They waned and perished with the faith that made them; The long phantasmal line Of Pharaohs crowned divine Are dust among the dust that once obeyed them. – Collected Poems 1897 - 1907 by Henry Newbolt
  3. Phantasmal shapes of unsubstantial fluid thinly skinned against evaporation and wrapped about with woven wool and the skins of beasts, that yet reflected and perceived, suffered and sought to understand; that held a million memories, framed thoughts that plumbed the deeps of space and time,- and another day of snow or icy wind might leave them just scattered bones and torn rags gnawed by a famishing wolf!... – Marriage by H. G. Wells