American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A form of matter hypothesized by proponents of the big bang theory to have existed before the formation of the chemical elements.
- n. physics, astronomy, cosmology In the Big Bang theory, the hot and dense plasma of which the cosmos consisted at the time of recombination in an early stage of its expansion and cooling, when the first atoms formed and photons decoupled, the source of the cosmic background radiation.
- n. (cosmology) the original matter that (according to the big bang theory) existed before the formation of the chemical elements
- Resuscitation of Middle English ylem, one of several variants for the Medieval Latin hyle ("matter"), a transliteration of Aristotle’s concept of “(fundamental) matter”, in Ancient Greek ὕλη (hulē, "wood(s), material(s), matter, subject") or πρώτη ὕλη (“fundamental matter”). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, universal matter, from Old French ilem, from Medieval Latin hȳlem, accusative of hȳlē, matter, from Greek hūlē. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Had we moved the hostages in the early days, when the unfixed ylem in their bodies had not yet learned how to copy human organs, moving them too far away from a boundary would have killed them.”
“There are methods to create a disturbance within the deeper layers, which will cause the ejection of larger areas of time – space, more mass-energy ylem.”
“Some have called it a reaction against the oneness of all matter and energy or the ‘ylem’ of pre-time, before the Big Bang.”
“Some have called it a reaction against the oneness of all matter and energy in the ‘ylem’ of pre-time, before the Big Bang.”
“She had come too far for that, and in any event it was wholly underground except for a few wiry palps, hollowed out of the bitter rock by the blunt-nosed ardour of prolapse drills; the repeated nannosecond birth and death of primordial ylem the drills had induced while that cavern was being imploded had seemed to convulse the whole demon womb of this world, but in the present silence the very memory of the noise seemed false.”
“But beyond that, good ylem, Commandant, what difference does it make who comes down the gangway in what order? ”
“See, though; once you’ve ordained an energy state for it to exist in, matter can exist—as bound energy—rather than mere dead ylem floating in a sterile void.”
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