ether

noun
\ ˈē-thər \

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 \ : a medium that in the wave theory of light permeates all space and transmits transverse waves
b : airwaves

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Other Words from ether

etheric \ i-​ˈther-​ik , -​ˈthir-​ \ adjective

Examples of ether in a Sentence

The balloon disappeared into the ether.

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The new business Fidelity announced Monday, Fidelity Digital Asset Services LLC, will allow money managers, family offices and other institutional clients to trade bitcoin and ether, another digital currency. Justin Baer, WSJ, "Fidelity Says It Will Trade Bitcoin for Hedge Funds," 15 Oct. 2018 That same year, Calvin Klein released CK One into the fragrance ether. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Best New Perfumes Capture the Zeitgeist, From #MeToo to Wellness Mania," 25 Aug. 2018 The former president also makes the mistake of assuming that Trump and the millions of people who turned out to vote for him just came if of the ether, just dropped from the sky. Fox News, "Mainstream media hysterics over Helsinki meeting," 18 July 2018 Exchanges are susceptible to hacking, crashes and software issues — and as the price of bitcoin, ether, ripple and other currencies have soared, large amounts of money are at stake. Sophie Haigney, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken is live after two-day outage," 13 Jan. 2018 But even as Facebook Live’s popularity has vanished into the ether, Legere and Slow Cooker Sunday have soldiered on. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "T-Mobile is releasing a Slow Cooker Sunday cookbook by CEO John Legere," 6 Dec. 2018 Amanda was this woman who had come to a new town, and there was another woman around who was sort of floating in the ether, looking out for her in different incarnations. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Sarah Paulson Is the Ultimate Prada Fan—She Proves It with a Star Turn in the Brand’s New Film," 13 July 2018 Ethereum's currency, ether, fell below $155—down 25 percent over the last week. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Bitcoin and Ethereum fall to lows not seen since 2017," 19 Nov. 2018 Take ether, the in-house currency for the Ethereum network. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "‘Crypto Tourists’ Flee as Bitcoin Slump Drags On," 12 Sep. 2018

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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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ether

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ether

: a liquid that burns easily, that is used to turn solid substances into liquid, and that was used in medicine in the past to prevent patients from feeling pain during operations
: the air : the sky

ether

noun
\ ˈē-thər \

Kids Definition of ether

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

ether

noun
\ ˈē-thər \

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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