- 1A colourless volatile flammable liquid which is the intoxicating constituent of wine, beer, spirits, and other drinks, and is also used as an industrial solvent and as fuel: it is an offence to drive if you have more than 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood the use of petrol containing alcohol
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- Alternative names: ethanol, ethyl alcohol; chemical formula: C2H5OH
- Sugar is taken and in the presence of an enzyme (a biological catalyst) ethyl alcohol and carbon dioxide are produced.
- Fermentation The conversion of sugar in grape juice into ethyl alcohol and carbon dioxide.
- an important measurement of any wine, is its concentration of the intoxicant ethyl alcohol, or ethanol.
- 1.1Drink containing alcohol: he has not taken alcohol in twenty-five yearsMore example sentences
liquor, intoxicating liquor, alcoholic drink, strong drink, drink, spirits, intoxicants• informal booze, hooch, the hard stuff, firewater, gut-rot, rotgut, moonshine, tipple, the demon drink, the bottle, juice, bevvy, grog, Dutch courage, John Barleycorn
- He said that among the tenets of the Muslim faith were that one did not drink alcohol or serve it to guests.
- If he could have stopped at one or two drinks, alcohol would have served him well, but he couldn't do that.
- If you are using alcohol, vodka is the most appropriate as it has no scent of its own.
- 1.2 [count noun] Chemistry Any organic compound whose molecule contains one or more hydroxyl groups attached to a carbon atom: unpleasant stuff like formaldehyde is produced as alcohols burn polyvinyl alcoholMore example sentences
- Complete combustion of alcohols produces carbon dioxide and water.
- Thermatoga microorganisms are known to play a role in the anaerobic oxidation of hydrocarbons to alcohols, organic acids and carbon dioxide.
- On the other hand, the permeability of the membrane for small uncharged solutes such as low molecular weight alcohols, amides, ketones etc., did not change.
mid 16th century: French (earlier form of alcool), or from medieval Latin, from Arabic al-kuḥl 'the kohl'. In early use the term referred to powders, specifically kohl, and especially those obtained by sublimation; later 'a distilled or rectified spirit' (mid 17th century).