from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A denatured alcohol consisting of a mixture of ethyl alcohol and methyl alcohol. Often used in the plural.
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- n. denatured ethyl alcohol used as a fuel and a solvent, and usually free of taxes on alcohol. Denaturing is achieved by the addition of methyl alcohol, frequently additional materials are added to give smell and colour to the substance.
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- n. ethyl alcohol denatured with methyl alcohol to prevent its use as an alcoholic beverage
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The methylated spirit lamp, which I use for wax modelling, was going full blast — an erg an hour — and the sliced apples were barely warm.
The man was shaking his fist in H. O.'s face, and H.O. was still holding on to the bottle we had brought out the methylated spirit in for the lamp, in case of any one wanting tea, which they hadn't.