Ether vs Quintessence - What's the difference?

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Ether is a related term of quintessence.


As nouns the difference between ether and quintessence

is that ether is (organic compound|countable) a compound containing an oxygen atom bonded to two hydrocarbon groups while quintessence is a thing that is the most perfect example of its type; the most perfect embodiment of something.

As verbs the difference between ether and quintessence

is that ether is while quintessence is to reduce to its purest and most concentrated essence.

ether

English

(wikipedia ether)

Alternative forms

* aether * (dated British spelling) * aethyr, ethyr (archaic spellings)

Noun

  • (organic compound, countable) A compound containing an oxygen atom bonded to two hydrocarbon groups.
  • (organic compound, uncountable) Diethyl ether (C4H10O), a compound used as an early anaesthetic.
  • (ancient philosophy, and, alchemy, uncountable) A classical physical element, considered as prevalent in the heavens and inaccessible to humans. In some versions of alchemy, this was the fifth element in addition to air, earth, fire and water.
  • (archaic, physics, uncountable) A substance (aether ) once thought to fill all space that allowed electromagnetic waves to pass through it and interact with matter, without exerting any resistance to matter or energy (disproved by Einstein in his Theory of Relativity).
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  • The sky or heavens; the upper air.
  • Derived terms

    * crown ether * lariat ether * petroleum ether * pyroacetic ether * sulfur ether, sulphur ether

    Verb

    (slang) To viciously insult.
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    quintessence

    Noun

  • A thing that is the most perfect example of its type; the most perfect embodiment of something.
  • A pure substance.
  • The essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form.
  • (alchemy) The fifth alchemical element, or essence, after earth, air, fire, and water
  • (physics) A hypothetical form of dark energy postulated to explain observations of an accelerating universe.
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * quintessential * quintessentially

    Verb

    (en-verb)
  • To reduce to its purest and most concentrated essence.
  • References

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