Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To subject to the fumes of ether; anesthetize.
  • transitive verb To etherify.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To convert into the chemical substance ether.
  • To subject to the influence of ether: as, to etherize a patient.
  • Also spelled etherise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To convert into ether.
  • transitive verb To render insensible by means of ether, as by inhalation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To convert into ether.
  • verb To render insensible by means of ether, as by inhalation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb anesthetize with ether

Etymologies

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ether +‎ -ize. Compare French éthériser.

Examples

  • What am I saying? to etherize him, as here ether takes the place of earth.

    Round the Moon

  • I guess it was the strugglin 'that confused my mind, and I been wondering why I could etherize a lot of struggling young poets.

    Drusilla with a Million

  • I got kind of mixed up -- I could think of nothin 'but etherize.

    Drusilla with a Million

  • Therefore they etherize and dissect down for the purpose of exploring, to ascertain if the guess is right or wrong.

    Philosophy of Osteopathy

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