from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A colorless volatile flammable liquid, C2H5OH, synthesized or obtained by fermentation of sugars and starches and widely used, either pure or denatured, as a solvent and in drugs, cleaning solutions, explosives, and intoxicating beverages. Also called ethanol, ethyl alcohol, grain alcohol.
- n. Intoxicating liquor containing alcohol.
- n. Any of a series of hydroxyl compounds, the simplest of which are derived from saturated hydrocarbons, have the general formula CnH2n+1OH, and include ethanol and methanol.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of a class of organic compounds (such as ethanol) containing a hydroxyl functional group (-OH).
- n. An intoxicating beverage made by the fermentation of sugar or sugar-containing material.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An impalpable powder.
- n. The fluid essence or pure spirit obtained by distillation.
- n. Pure spirit of wine; pure or highly rectified spirit (called also ethyl alcohol or ethanol, CH3.CH2.OH); the spirituous or intoxicating element of fermented or distilled liquors, or more loosely a liquid containing it in considerable quantity. It is extracted by simple distillation from various vegetable juices and infusions of a saccharine nature, which have undergone vinous fermentation.
- n. A class of compounds analogous to vinic alcohol in constitution. Chemically speaking, they are hydroxides of certain organic radicals
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A liquid, ethyl hydrate, C2H5OH, formed by the fermentation of aqueous sugar-solutions, or by the destructive distillation of organic bodies, as wood.
- n. In popular usage, any liquor containing this spirit.
- n. In organic chemistry, the general name of a series of compounds which may be regarded as derived from the normal hydrocarbons by replacing hydrogen with the group OH, or hydroxyl, and which correspond to the hydroxids of the metals.
- n. An impalpable powder.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent
- n. any of a series of volatile hydroxyl compounds that are made from hydrocarbons by distillation
Methyl alcohol is obtained entirely from this source, and on this account is commonly called _wood alcohol_.
In chemistry, the term alcohol is applied to a large family of substances with a similar molecular structure.
Our word alcohol comes from medieval Arab alchemy, which strongly influenced Western science and gave it several other important terms, including chemistry, alkali, and algebra.
The term alcohol withdrawal syndrome is used for describing the whole group of symptoms that occur as a result of sudden withdrawal from alcohol after a prolonged period of consumption.
The higher alcohol is a function of its California roots, but it was like satin sheets in the mouth.
If it has a downside, I would argue the alcohol is a little high; a couple of glasses of this wine and you really start to feel it.
Once the alcohol is absorbed into the blood stream, the blood carries it across the blood-brain barrier.
So there can be a debate as to whether the alcohol is there naturally or has been put in.
This data provides what I call the alcohol, caffeine, tobacco index of perceived health.
he term alcohol allergy is often referred to as alcohol intolerance rather than allergy.
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