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

Wiktionary

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Alcohol(noun)

    the fluid essence or pure spirit obtained by distillation

    Etymology: [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.]

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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

  1. ALCOHOL

    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?

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How to say alcohol in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Timothy Naimi:

    If all states today increased the strength of their alcohol policies by 10 %, it would save about 800 lives a year.

  2. Simone Biles:

    Growing up, my biological mom was suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and she was in and out of jail, i never had mom to run to. But I do remember always being hungry and afraid ... I remember them saying, 'Ok, you know how you called us grandma and grandpa? You can call us mom and dad now, if you want to. I was like, 'Yeah, I can do that.'.

  3. Laura Aceves:

    It took them 30 to 40 minutes to get him out of his seat and off the plane, he was hitting and punching other passengers as they were trying to drag him out. He was under the influence, and you could smell the alcohol on him.

  4. Rick Grucza:

    It’s quite likely that many of those who reported drinking regularly during their late teens went on to continue or escalate that habit throughout their adult life, in an ideal world, parents would both try to delay alcohol initiation until the late teens or early twenties and also try teach their kids to drink moderately and responsibly.

  5. Danielle Ramo:

    Just because an app exists in the Apple Store or Google Play doesn't mean that it works, don't just trust every alcohol tracker out there. I would caution users to use apps that have clinical data to back them up.

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