Associations to the word «Ether»


ETHER, noun. (organic compound) (countable) A compound containing an oxygen atom bonded to two hydrocarbon groups.
ETHER, noun. (organic compound) (uncountable) Diethyl ether (C4H10O), a compound used as an early anaesthetic.
ETHER, noun. (ancient philosophy and alchemy) (uncountable) A classical physical element, considered as prevalent in the heavens and inaccessible to humans. In some versions of alchemy, this was the fifth element in addition to air, earth, fire and water.
ETHER, noun. (archaic) (physics) (uncountable) A substance (aether) once thought to fill all space that allowed electromagnetic waves to pass through it and interact with matter, without exerting any resistance to matter or energy (disproved by Einstein in his Theory of Relativity).
ETHER, noun. (poetic or literary) The sky or heavens; the upper air.
ETHER, verb. (transitive) (slang) To viciously insult.
ETHER, proper noun. (Roman god) The god/personification of the bright, glowing upper air of heaven. He is the Roman counterpart of Aether.
ETHER, proper noun. (Mormonism) The ancient American prophet of Mormon theology who wrote the Book of Ether in the Book of Mormon.
ETHER ENGINE, noun. A condensing engine like a steam engine, but operated by ether vapour instead of steam.

Dictionary definition

ETHER, noun. The fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies.
ETHER, noun. Any of a class of organic compounds that have two hydrocarbon groups linked by an oxygen atom.
ETHER, noun. A medium that was once supposed to fill all space and to support the propagation of electromagnetic waves.
ETHER, noun. A colorless volatile highly inflammable liquid formerly used as an inhalation anesthetic.

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