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noun E"ther
  1. [Physics] A medium of great elasticity and extreme tenuity, once 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. It is no longer believed that such a medium is required for the transmission of electromagnetic waves; the modern use of the term is mostly a figurative term for empty space, or for literary effect, and not intended to imply the actual existence of a physical medium. However. modern cosmological theories based on quantum field theory do not rule out the possibility that the inherent energy of the vacuum is greater than zero, in which case the concept of an ether pervading the vacuum may have more than metaphoric meaning.
  2. Supposed matter above the air; the air itself.
  3. [Chem]
    1. 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 a powerful solvent of fats, resins, and pyroxylin, but finds its chief use as an anæsthetic. Commonly called ethyl ether to distinguish it from other ethers, and also ethyl oxide.
    2. Any similar compound in which an oxygen atom is bound to two different carbon atoms, each of which is part of an organic radical; as, amyl ether; valeric ether; methyl ethyl ether. The general formular for an ether is ROR′, in which R and R′ are organic radicals which may be of similar or different structure. If R and R′ are different parts of the same organic radical, the structure forms a cyclic ether.

Etymology: L. aether, Gr. a'iqh`r, fr. a'i`qein to light up, kindle, burn, blaze; akin to Skr. idh indh, and prob. to E. idle: cf. F. éther

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  1. A colorless volatile highly flammable liquid formerly used as an inhalation anesthetic
  2. A medium that was once supposed to fill all space and to support the propagation of electromagnetic waves
  3. Any of a class of organic compounds that have two hydrocarbon groups linked by an oxygen atom
  4. The fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies

Borrowing from Old French ether, from Latin aethēr (“the upper pure, bright air”), from Ancient Greek αἰθήρ (aithḗr, “upper air”), from αἴθω (aíthō, “I burn, shine”).

  1. (organic chemistry, countable) A compound containing an oxygen atom bonded to two hydrocarbon groups.
  2. (organic chemistry, uncountable) Diethyl ether (C4H10O), a compound used as an early anaesthetic.
  3. (ancient philosophy and alchemy, uncountable) A classical physical element, considered as prevalent in the heavens and inaccessible to humans. In some versions of alchemy, this was the fifth element in addition to air, earth, fire and water.
  4. (archaic, physics, uncountable) A substance (aether) once thought to fill all space that allowed electromagnetic waves to pass through it and interact with matter, without exerting any resistance to matter or energy (disproved by Einstein in his Theory of Relativity).
  5. (poetic or literary) The sky or heavens; the upper air.

Hip hop slang. Originates from song by Nas, Ether (song).

    ether was also found in the following language(s): Dutch and Portuguese

    Notable Persons Named Ether

    Notable Persons Named Ether

    Ether Shepley

    Ether Shepley was a senator. He was most active from 1833 to 1836. Ether was born on November 2nd, 1789 in Groton, Massachusetts. He died on January 15th, 1877.


    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Ether U.S.
      White 60.53% 64.26%
      African American 32.46% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Ether

    People with the last name Ether are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Ether

  1. How Popular is the name Ether? Ether is the 9,260th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ether was the 145,220th most popular name in 2010.
  2. How many people with the first name Ether have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,285 babies born with the first name Ether in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ether to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  3. What year were 5 or more babies first named Ether? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1883 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  4. When was Ether first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ether is Wednesday, October 28th, 1874.
  5. What year had the most people named Ether born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ether was in 1921 with a total of 48 babies.
  6. Random Ether Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ether is not a popular baby girl's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Georgia have the same name in 1920.
  7. Weird things about the name Ether: The name spelled backwards is Rehte. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Tereh. How do you pronounce that?
  8. How many people have the last name Ether? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 114 people with the last name Ether.
  9. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ether? Ether is one of the most unique last names recorded.
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