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  • n. Alternative spelling of ether.

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  • n. a medium that was once supposed to fill all space and to support the propagation of electromagnetic waves
  • n. personification of the sky or upper air breathed by the Olympians; son of Erebus and night or of Chaos and darkness

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Examples

  • It will be shown that Clerk Maxwell also definitely affirms the atomicity of the aether, while Tyndall and Huyghens also use the term "_particles of aether_" over and over again.

    Aether and Gravitation

  • The aether carries the information, the aether is information.

    The goggles, they do...whoah!

  • Well, it seems he had been working for years at the ultimate problem of matter, and especially of that rarefied matter we call aether or space.

    The Moon Endureth: Tales and Fancies

  • To Lodge, the aether was a necessity, the cosmic glue without which "there can hardly be a material universe at all."

    Victor Stenger: The Myth of Quantum Consciousness

  • There are similar differences in the air; of which the brightest part is called the aether, and the most turbid sort mist and darkness; and there are various other nameless kinds which arise from the inequality of the triangles.

    Timaeus

  • Fresnel's so-called aether drag, we said it implied that every feasible first order experiment would fail.

    RELATIVITY

  • This latter kind of fire, which was known as aether, was the substance of the heavenly bodies, as it was also of the soul of animals and of the 'nature' of plants.

    Guide to Stoicism

  • Darkness might then be defined as aether at rest; light as aether in motion.

    Fragments of science, V. 1-2

  • Interesting how its allways that mysterious missing component ... wasnt there something called the aether that scientists looked for, for a long time.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • For instance I think the Michaelson-Morley experiment which disproved the existence of the aether is a brilliant piece of thinking.

    Archaeoastronomy

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  • "Music floats round in the aether of theWorldWide Web" says David Toop in his book 'Ocean of Sound' which is subtitled aether talk, ambient sound and imaginary worlds.

    December 19, 2009

  • According to ancient and medieval science, Aether (Greek αἰθή�?, aithēr), also spelled ether, is the material that fills the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere. Aristotle included ίδέα, idea, as a fifth element distinct from the other four, Earth, Water, Air, and Fire. (From Wikipedia)

    May 18, 2008