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


  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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ALCOHOLnoun

    An Arabick term used by chymists for a high rectified dephlegmated spirit of wine, or for any thing reduced into an impalpable powder. John Quincy

    If the same salt shall be reduced into alcohol, as the chymists speak, or an impalpable powder, the particles and intercepted spaces will be extremely lessened. Boyle.

    Sal volatile oleosum will coagulate the serum on account of the alcahol, or rectified spirit which it contains. Arbuthnot.


  1. Alcohol

    Alcohol is a song by the Alternative rock group Barenaked Ladies released as the last single and sixth track on their 1998 album Stunt. Although it did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100 or the UK Singles Chart, it received some airplay on the US Modern Rock Tracks charts, peaking at No. 33 on the chart. The song looks at alcohol abuse. The song was featured in the 2012 film Flight.


  1. alcohol

    Alcohol is an organic compound characterized by the presence of one or more hydroxyl (-OH) functional groups attached to a carbon atom. The most common form of alcohol is ethanol, which is used in beverages, medicines, and as a fuel. In common parlance, alcohol refers to any beverage that contains ethanol and has psychoactive effects on the body, causing a temporary alteration of mood, perception, behavior, and cognitive functions.

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.]


  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.

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

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    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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  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. Kenichi Tamama:

    Especially for the liver transplant clinics or alcohol abuse clinics, it's important for them to recognize this rare condition, because they're the ones that monitor alcohol abstinence, and as you see in this case, the lab test results with urinary auto-brewery syndrome might be misinterpreted.

  2. Elissa Weitzman:

    By design they [ products that conceal alcohol ] encourage secret drinking.

  3. Charles de LEUSSE:

    The pride blurs us the eye.It is our alcohol. (L'orgueil nous brouille l'oeil. Il est notre alcool)

  4. Taylor Berry:

    We've been around for a quarter-century at this point, and there's been a lot of trends that have happened throughout the alcohol industry, we've stayed true to our roots — which is doing one thing, and doing one thing right.

  5. Ryan Pack:

    You don't have senses so you can impair them with drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. You don't have a life so you can make bad decisions and harm yourself and or others, smarten up.

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