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alcohol

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noun al·co·hol \ˈal-kə-ˌhȯl\

Simple Definition of alcohol

  • : a clear liquid that has a strong smell, that is used in some medicines and other products, and that is the substance in liquors (such as beer, wine, or whiskey) that can make a person drunk

  • : drinks containing alcohol

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of alcohol

  1. 1 a :  ethanol especially 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 usually 95 percent ethanol

  2. 2 :  any of a class of organic compounds that are analogous to ethanol and that are hydroxyl derivatives of hydrocarbons

Examples of alcohol in a sentence

  1. cough medicine that contains alcohol

  2. drinks that are high in alcohol

  3. There was a high level of alcohol in his blood at the time of the accident.

  4. a mixture of different alcohols

  5. The restaurant had a license to serve alcohol.



Origin and Etymology of alcohol

New Latin, from Medieval Latin, powdered antimony, from Old Spanish, from Arabic al-kuḥul the powdered antimony, from kuḥl kohl


First Known Use: 1672

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ALCOHOL Defined for Kids

alcohol

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noun al·co·hol \ˈal-kə-ˌhȯl\

Definition of alcohol for Students

  1. 1 :  a colorless flammable liquid that in one form is the substance in liquors (as beer, wine, or whiskey) that can make a person drunk

  2. 2 :  a drink containing alcohol




Medical Dictionary

alcohol

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noun al·co·hol \ˈal-kə-ˌhȯl\

Medical Definition of alcohol

  1. 1a:  ethanol especially when considered as the intoxicating agent in fermented and distilled liquorsb:  drink (as whiskey or beer) containing ethanolc:  a mixture of ethanol and water that is usually 95 percent ethanol

  2. 2:  any of various compounds that are analogous to ethanol in constitution and that are hydroxyl derivatives of hydrocarbons





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