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Ether meaning

ether - 8 dictionary results

  1. 1. a colorless volatile highly inflammable liquid formerly used as an inhalation anesthetic
  2. 2. any of a class of organic compounds that have two hydrocarbon groups linked by an oxygen atom
  3. 3. the fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies
  4. 4. A medium of great elasticity and extreme tenuity, supposed to pervade all space, the interior of solid bodies not excepted, and to be the medium of transmission of light and heat; hence often called luminiferous ether.
  5. 5. Supposed matter above the air; the air itself.
  6. 6. A light, volatile, mobile, inflammable liquid, ( C2H5) 2O, of a characteristic aromatic odor, obtained by the distillation of alcohol with sulphuric acid, and hence called also sulphuric ether. It is powerful solvent of fats, resins, and pyroxylin, but finds its chief use as an anaesthetic. Called also ethyl oxide.
  7. 7. Any similar oxide of hydrocarbon radicals; as, amyl ether; valeric ether.
  8. 8. A fluid medium supposed to fill all space; a class of volatile liquids.

ether - examples of usage

  1. Although the telephone and telegraph, and all other electrical appliances, are now to be found only in our national museums, or in the private collections of those few men who take any interest in the doings of the last century, nevertheless, the study of the now obsolete science of electricity led up to the recent discovery of vibratory ether which does the work of the world so satisfactorily.
  2. I don't believe you'll ever get him to take the ether unless his papa's 'round; and I thought, if Miss Fuller would stay outside and look after her?
  3. There goeth foorth to meete him without the citie, all the gentlemen of the court, with the royall councel and president, who, according vnto the saying of the Chinos, goeth forth with little lesse maiestie and companie than the king: who, if the ambassadour be from a king that is mightie, they giue him the right hand, if not they giue him the left hand: and in this sort they go, ether talking with himselfe, or, by interpreters, demaunding of him of his health, and of his trauail in comming, and other thinges, till hee come into the court of the pallace, whereas he is lodged; and there they doo leaue him, with some to beare him companie, and hee dooth returne vnto his house with all this company aforesaid.
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