- ethereal oil,
- etherege, sir george
Origin of ether
Examples from the Web for ether
We would lack a human face as our symbol; we would exist in the ether of ideas with no concrete stake in the ground to tether us.128 Years Old and Still a Looker: Happy Birthday to Lady Liberty|Elizabeth Mitchell|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A week does not pass without another set of economic numbers blasting through the ether.Don’t Trust the Economic Numbers That Govern Our World|Zachary Karabell|February 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Users post a photo, add a question, and send it off into the ether to be answered.This Week’s Hot Apps: Jelly, Confide, Yahoo News Digest, Lumosity Mobile|Brian Ries|January 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“It almost feels sometimes that Matilda is out in the ether,” she says.‘Matilda’ Star Mara Wilson Reviews ‘Matilda the Musical’|Ramin Setoodeh|April 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But that particular sword of Damocles has floated off into the ether.
Exhaust a weighed sample (in powder) with ether, and evaporate by the heat of a hot-water bath.
As the ether evaporates, add more to keep the mixture liquid.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2|Various
Moreover, such a medium as the Ether is demanded by the phenomena of light.Alchemy: Ancient and Modern|H. Stanley Redgrove
A cool, vivifying liquid like ether seems to have passed into his blood.The Dop Doctor|Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
So that lead is to the ether, as regards density, very much as the "vacuum" above spoken of is to lead.The Ether of Space|Oliver Lodge
Word Origin for ether
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).