Definitions

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

  • noun A colorless, volatile, extremely flammable liquid ketone, C3H6O, widely used as an organic solvent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A limpid mobile liquid, (CH3)2CO, with an agreeable odor and burning taste, produced by the destructive distillation of acetates.
  • noun The general name of a class of compounds which may be regarded as consisting of two alcoholic radicals united by the group CO, or as aldehydes in which hydrogen of the group COH has been replaced by an alcoholic radical.

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

  • noun (Chem.) A volatile liquid consisting of three parts of carbon, six of hydrogen, and one of oxygen; pyroacetic spirit, -- obtained by the distillation of certain acetates, or by the destructive distillation of citric acid, starch, sugar, or gum, with quicklime.

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

  • noun organic chemistry A colourless, volatile, flammable liquid ketone, (CH3)2CO, used as a solvent.

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

  • noun the simplest ketone; a highly inflammable liquid widely used as an organic solvent and as material for making plastics

Etymologies

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See acetic. Compare ketone.

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