But that particular sword of Damocles has floated off into the ether.
"It's been a long and nerve-racking couple of months," Onymous said before disappearing into the ether of the Internet.
Her first collection, ether: Seven Stories and a Novella, was published this week by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
With no second-guessing, throw every idea into the ether, unconcerned with what might stick.
Users post a photo, add a question, and send it off into the ether to be answered.
Throwing wider open every window that he passed, he hurried down to the office and back with the ether.
Ports blazed with lamps, and skyrockets whizzed into the ether.
By "matter" he did not mean to specialise rocks any more than protoplasm or ether.
I have been wishing for you to come ever since I came out from under the ether.
The heat of the sun in some way gets to the earth, but what takes place in the ether is not heat-transmission.
late 14c., "upper regions of space," from Old French ether and directly from Latin aether "the upper pure, bright air," from Greek aither "upper air; bright, purer air; the sky," from aithein "to burn, shine," from PIE root *aidh- "to burn" (see edifice).
In ancient cosmology, the element that filled all space beyond the sphere of the moon, constituting the substance of the stars and planets. Conceived of as a purer form of fire or air, or as a fifth element. From 17c.-19c., it was the scientific word for an assumed "frame of reference" for forces in the universe, perhaps without material properties. The concept was shaken by the Michelson-Morley experiment (1887) and discarded after the Theory of Relativity won acceptance, but before it went it gave rise to the colloquial use of ether for "the radio" (1899).
The name also was bestowed c.1730 (Frobenius; in English by 1757) on a volatile chemical compound known since 14c. for its lightness and lack of color (its anesthetic properties weren't fully established until 1842).
ether e·ther (ē'thər)
Any of a class of organic compounds in which two hydrocarbon groups are linked by an oxygen atom.
An anesthetic ether, especially diethyl ether.