Definition Of ethers


a pleasant-smelling, colorless, volatile liquid that is highly flammable. It is used as an anesthetic and as a solvent or intermediate in industrial processes.

In the recent past dentists were instrumental in the introduction of diethyl ether and nitrous oxide.

a very rarefied and highly elastic substance formerly believed to permeate all space, including the interstices between the particles of matter, and to be the medium whose vibrations constituted light and other electromagnetic radiation.

Maxwell believed electromagnetic waves such as light to be vibrations in the ether .

the clear sky; the upper regions of air beyond the clouds.

nasty gases and smoke disperse into the ether

Example Of ethers

  • A controlled mind is like clear ether which the radiance of the sun can shine through.

  • Although ether was once a popular anesthesia agent, its use is now strongly discouraged.

  • By 1900 the concept of the ether as a material substance was being questioned.

  • choral evensong still wafts across the ether

  • Cosmetics tested were found to contain a variety of industrial chemicals, including phthalates (reproductive toxins) and glycol ethers (neurotoxins).

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