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the fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water

any of a class of organic compounds that have two hydrocarbon groups linked by an oxygen atom

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a medium that was once supposed to fill all space and to support the propagation of electromagnetic waves

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The effect produced on Frome was rather of a complete absence of atmosphere, as though nothing less tenuous than ether intervened between the white earth under his feet and the metallic dome overhead.
As the sun and each atom of ether is a sphere complete in itself, and yet at the same time only a part of a whole too immense for man to comprehend, so each individual has within himself his own aims and yet has them to serve a general purpose incomprehensible to man.
I did not hold the sort of fancied converse with him that I held with ether authors, and I cannot pretend that I had the affection for him that attracted me to them.
All about us was a flora and fauna as strange and wonderful to us as might have been those upon a distant planet had we suddenly been miraculously transported through ether to an unknown world.
Your readers will possibly comprehend that the Atlantic, in this parable, stands for the mighty ocean of ether through which we drift and that the bunch of corks represents the little and obscure planetary system to which we belong.
That it may be a change in the conducting medium, in that infinitely fine ether which extends from star to star and pervades the whole universe.
Never mind--my valet is a perfect treasure; he brought me some drops of ether on a lump of sugar.
It would be such a vacuum as cannot be artificially produced; for if we pump the air from a receiver there remains the luminiferous ether.
precipitation of matter from ether -- whose existence is proved by the
Her elements were the blue ether, far above the raging storm, or the greater depths of ocean, which no storm could ruffle.
The black curtain of the firmament in reality heightened the moon's brilliancy, which in this void of ether unfavorable to diffusion did not eclipse the neighboring stars.
Some have such a vast appetite for the former commodity, that is, the news, and such sound digestive organs, that they can sit forever in public avenues without stirring, and let it simmer and whisper through them like the Etesian winds, or as if inhaling ether, it only producing numbness and insensibility to pain -- otherwise it would often be painful to bear -- without affecting the consciousness.
Time dissipates to shining ether the solid angularity of facts.
For, even the preachers have begun to tell us that God is radium, or ether or some scientific compound, and that the worst we wicked ones may expect is a chemical reaction.
Also his hero-will hath he still to unlearn: an exalted one shall he be, and not only a sublime one:--the ether itself should raise him, the will- less one!