What does Alcohol mean?

Definitions for Alcohol
ˈæl kəˌhɔl, -ˌhɒlAl·co·hol

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alcohol, alcoholic drink, alcoholic beverage, intoxicant, inebriant(noun)

    a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent

    "alcohol (or drink) ruined him"

  2. alcohol(noun)

    any of a series of volatile hydroxyl compounds that are made from hydrocarbons by distillation


  1. alcohol(Noun)

    Any of a class of organic compounds (such as ethanol) containing a hydroxyl functional group (-OH).

  2. alcohol(Noun)

    An intoxicating beverage made by the fermentation of sugar or sugar-containing material.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alcohol(noun)

    an impalpable powder

  2. Alcohol(noun)

    the fluid essence or pure spirit obtained by distillation

  3. Alcohol(noun)

    pure spirit of wine; pure or highly rectified spirit (called also ethyl alcohol); 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

  4. Alcohol(noun)

    a class of compounds analogous to vinic alcohol in constitution. Chemically speaking, they are hydroxides of certain organic radicals; as, the radical ethyl forms common or ethyl alcohol (C2H5.OH); methyl forms methyl alcohol (CH3.OH) or wood spirit; amyl forms amyl alcohol (C5H11.OH) or fusel oil, etc

  5. Origin: [Cf. F. alcool, formerly written alcohol, Sp. alcohol alcohol, antimony, galena, OSp. alcofol; all fr. Ar. al-kohl a powder of antimony or galena, to paint the eyebrows with. The name was afterwards applied, on account of the fineness of this powder, to highly rectified spirits, a signification unknown in Arabia. The Sp. word has both meanings. Cf. Alquifou.]


  1. Alcohol

    In chemistry, an alcohol is an organic compound in which the hydroxyl functional group is bound to a carbon atom. In particular, this carbon center should be saturated, having single bonds to three other atoms. An important class of alcohols are the simple acyclic alcohols, the general formula for which is CnH2n+1OH. Of those, ethanol is the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages, and in common speech the word alcohol refers specifically to ethanol. Other alcohols are usually described with a clarifying adjective, as in isopropyl alcohol or wood alcohol. The suffix -ol appears in the IUPAC chemical name of all substances where the hydroxyl group is the functional group with the highest priority; in substances where a higher priority group is present the prefix hydroxy- will appear in the IUPAC name. The suffix -ol in non-systematic names also typically indicates that the substance includes a hydroxyl functional group and, so, can be termed an alcohol. But many substances, particularly sugars contain hydroxyl functional groups without using the suffix.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alcohol

    al′kō-hol, n. pure spirit, a liquid generated by the fermentation of sugar and other saccharine matter, and forming the intoxicating element of fermented liquors.—adj. Alcohol′ic, of or like alcohol.—n. Alcoholisā′tion.—v.t. Al′coholise, to convert into alcohol, or saturate with it: to rectify.—n. Al′coholism, a term employed to denote the symptoms of disease produced by alcoholic poisoning.—Absolute alcohol, alcohol entirely free from water. [Ar. al-koh'lal, the, koh'l, fine powder of antimony used in the East to stain the eyelids.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Alcohol

    pure or highly rectified spirit obtained from fermented saccharine solutions by distillation, and the intoxicating principle of all spirituous liquors.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A liquid good for preserving almost everything except secrets.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Alcohol' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3275

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Alcohol' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3650

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Alcohol' in Nouns Frequency: #1366

How to pronounce Alcohol?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say Alcohol in sign language?

  1. alcohol


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Alcohol in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Alcohol in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Alcohol in a Sentence

  1. Brian Marquis:

    We came up with this week six years ago. This is our sixth year, the idea really is to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the Internet, from television, movies (and) music.

  2. Nathan Parsons:

    None of the drivers had alcohol or medication on board during the time of the collision, we looked at the cell phone data for all drivers. None of the drivers utilized cell phones at the time of the collision.

  3. Yosemite National Park:

    If soap and water are not readily available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 % alcohol can be used.

  4. Snchez Crdenas:

    The toxicological test will determine if theres alcohol, and narcotics and the amount, theres been talk about drug abuse.

  5. Jeffrey Goldberg:

    This study did not address the fact that both smoking and alcohol use can reduce pregnancy rates and increase the risk of adverse effects on fetal development.

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