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, inebriantnoun

    a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent

    "alcohol (or drink) ruined him"

  2. alcoholnoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. alcoholnoun

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

  2. alcoholnoun

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alcoholnoun

    an impalpable powder

  2. Alcoholnoun

    the fluid essence or pure spirit obtained by distillation

  3. Alcoholnoun

    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. Alcoholnoun

    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. 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.

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  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

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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. Billy Joe:

    I was raised in a fairly dysfunctional situation and I went through years of intense alcoholism and drug addiction so the song was always a touchstone for me. When you open yourself up to drugs and alcohol at such a young age it becomes something you have to deal with the rest of your life.

  2. Vladimir Poznyak:

    All countries can do much more to reduce the health and social costs of the harmful use of alcohol.

  3. Divya Sangam:

    The biggest challenge came with being cut out of some circles, and losing some friendships, because I felt suddenly out of place, you are going to have to work through those issues. I suggest finding other activities that don't involve drinking copious amounts of alcohol, like book clubs or running clubs.

  4. Anya Topiwala:

    Whilst alcohol only made a small contribution to this( 0.8 %), Read MoreLong working hours was a greater contribution than other' modifiable' risk factors.

  5. Alex Azar:

    This would include mint and menthol flavoring, as well as candy flavors, bubblegum flavor, fruit flavor, alcohol flavor. You get the drift.

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