from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Rectified ethyl alcohol.
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- n. Aqua vitae prepared by distilling wine.
- n. Brandy that has been repeatedly distilled.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See under Spirit.
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Strong and well rectified spirit of wine has the effect of heat, insomuch that the white of an egg being put into it hardens and whitens almost as if it were boiled, and bread thrown in becomes dry and crusted like toast.
It appears, however, that of all flame that of spirit of wine is the softest, unless perhaps ignis fatuus be softer, and the flames or sparklings arising from the sweat of animals.