American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An alcoholic beverage made by distillation rather than by fermentation.
- n. A rich broth resulting from the prolonged cooking of meat or vegetables, especially greens. Also called pot liquor.
- n. An aqueous solution of a nonvolatile substance.
- n. A solution, emulsion, or suspension for industrial use.
- v. To steep (malt, for example).
- v. Slang To make drunk with alcoholic liquor. Often used with up: was all liquored up.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A liquid or fluid substance, as water, milk, blood, sap, etc.
- n. A strong or active liquid of any sort. Specifically— An alcoholic or spirituous liquid, either distilled or fermented; an intoxicating beverage; especially, a spirituous or distilled drink, as distinguished from fermented beverages, as wine and beer.
- n. A strong solution of a particular substance, used in the industrial arts. The liquor of any substance is that substance held in solution, and the word used absolutely has meanings differing according to the indnstry in which it is used.
- n. An elixir.
- n. Hence— Any prepared solution, as a sugar solution for claying the loaves, or a solution of a dye or mordant.
- n. A dilution, as in liquor ammoniæ. [In technical Latin phrases pronounced li′ kwôr, as in liquor amnii, liquor potosseæ, etc.]
- n. Measured (in selling) with their natural juice, as oysters: opposed to solid.
- To moisten; drench.
- To rub with oil or grease; anoint; lubricate.
- To treat with a liquor; apply liquor or a solution to, as in various manufacturing operations. Liquoring sugar, in refineries, consists in pouring on the top of the molds a solution of pure sugar, which, percolating through, removes all remaining coloring matter.
- To give liquor to; supply with liquor for drinking.
- To drink; especially, to drink spirits: often with up.
- n. obsolete A liquid.
- n. obsolete A drinkable liquid.
- n. A liquid obtained by cooking meat or vegetables (or both).
- n. Strong alcoholic drink derived from fermentation and distillation.
- v. intransitive To drink liquor, usually to excess.
- v. transitive To cause someone to drink liquor, usually to excess.
- v. obsolete, transitive To grease.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Any liquid substance, as water, milk, blood, sap, juice, or the like.
- n. Specifically, alcoholic or spirituous fluid, either distilled or fermented, as brandy, wine, whisky, beer, etc.
- n. (Pharm.) A solution of a medicinal substance in water; -- distinguished from
- v. rare To supply with liquor.
- v. obsolete To grease.
- n. an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented
- n. the liquid in which vegetables or meat have be cooked
- n. a liquid substance that is a solution (or emulsion or suspension) used or obtained in an industrial process
- From Middle English, from licor, from Anglo-Norman licur, from Latin liquor ("fluidity, liquidness, a fluid, a liquid"), from liquere ("to be fluid or liquid"); see liquid. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English licour, a liquid, from Old French, from Latin liquor, from liquēre, to be liquid. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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