from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a class of organic compounds corresponding to the inorganic salts and formed from an organic acid and an alcohol.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A compound most often formed by the condensation of an alcohol and an acid, with elimination of water. It contains the functional group carbon-oxygen double bond joined via carbon to another oxygen atom.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ethereal salt, or compound ether, consisting of an organic radical united with the residue of any oxygen acid, organic or inorganic; thus the natural fats are esters of glycerin and the fatty acids, oleic, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as compound ether (which see, under ether).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. formed by reaction between an acid and an alcohol with elimination of water
German, short for Essigäther : Essig, vinegar (from Middle High German ezzich, from Old High German ezzīh, from Latin acētum; see ak- in Indo-European roots) + Äther, ether (from Latin aethēr; see ether).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Essig-Äther "acetic acid ethyl ester". (Wiktionary)