alcohol meaning

[ 'ælkəhɔl ] Pronunciation:   "alcohol" in a sentence
Noun: alcohol  'alku`hól
  1. A liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent
    "alcohol ruined him"
    - alcoholic drink, alcoholic beverage, intoxicant, inebriant 
  2. Any of a series of volatile hydroxyl compounds that are made from hydrocarbons by distillation

Derived forms: alcohols

See also: alcoholic, alcoholize

Type of: beverage, drink, drinkable, drug of abuse, liquid, potable, street drug

Encyclopedia: Alcohol Alcohol, effects

a : ethanol esp. when considered as the intoxicating agent in fermented and distilled liquors
b : drink (as whiskey or beer) containing ethanol
c : a mixture of ethanol and water that is usu. 95 percent ethanol
2 : any of various compounds that are analogous to ethanol in constitution and that are hydroxyl derivatives of hydrocarbons


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  1. alcohol is a solvent of resinous substances.
  2. alcohol weakens a person 's inhibitions.
  3. thermometers are filled with pentane or alcohol.
  4. i do not drink alcohol in any shape or form.
  5. camphor dissolves in alcohol, but not in water.

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