ether

noun
\ ˈē-thər How to pronounce ether (audio) \

Definition of ether

1a : the rarefied element formerly believed to fill the upper regions of space
b : the upper regions of space : heavens
2a : a light volatile flammable liquid C4H10O used chiefly as a solvent and especially formerly as an anesthetic
b : any of a class of organic compounds characterized by an oxygen atom attached to two carbon atoms
3a or less commonly aether \ ˈē-​thər How to pronounce ether (audio) \ : a medium that in the wave theory of light permeates all space and transmits transverse waves
b : airwaves

Other Words from ether

etheric \ i-​ˈther-​ik How to pronounce ether (audio) , -​ˈthir-​ \ adjective

Examples of ether in a Sentence

The balloon disappeared into the ether.
Recent Examples on the Web The collapse also shaved approximately $350 billion from the total crypto market capitalization and saw the price of bitcoin and ether temporarily fall under the psychologically important $30,000 and $2,000 price levels respectively. Steven Ehrlich, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Well, Twitter users do, and many of them are bringing up the viral Crypto.com ad, while prices for cryptocurrency like bitcoin and ether are slumping, and crypto exchange platforms like Coinbase are losing billions in market cap. James Freeman, WSJ, 18 May 2022 Two of the most sturdy tokens in the cryptocurrency world fell below their benchmark this week and that fueled a digital currency selloff Thursday, leading to price drops in bitcoin, ether and solana. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 13 May 2022 The highest current bid is for 0.0743 ether—about $210. Paul Vigna, WSJ, 3 May 2022 There were so many unknowns swirling around in the ether when Disney finalized its $71 billion takeover of 21st Century Fox three years ago. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 28 Apr. 2022 In the end, the culprit took home 24,830 in ether and 36 million BEAN tokens. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 25 Apr. 2022 While the ethereum blockchain itself was not hacked, some $50 million in ether was stolen. Thalia Beaty, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Apr. 2022 On April 5, Estavi put the NFT up for auction for 14,969 ether, or about $50 million. Jeff Kauflin, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ether

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ether

Middle English, from Latin aether, from Greek aithēr, from aithein to ignite, blaze; akin to Old English ād pyre — more at edify

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26 May 2022

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“Ether.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ether. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for ether

ether

noun
\ ˈē-thər How to pronounce ether (audio) \

Kids Definition of ether

: a light flammable liquid used to dissolve fats and especially in the past as an anesthetic

ether

noun
\ ˈē-thər How to pronounce ether (audio) \

Medical Definition of ether

1 : a medium that in the wave theory of light permeates all space and transmits transverse waves
2a : a light volatile flammable liquid C4H10O used especially formerly chiefly as an anesthetic

called also diethyl ether, ethyl ether, ethyl oxide

b : any of various organic compounds characterized by an oxygen atom attached to two carbon atoms

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