butyl alcohol

noun

: any of four flammable alcohols C4H9OH (such as butanol) used in organic synthesis and as solvents

Examples of butyl alcohol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As part of the project, the company will build a plant to refine tertiary butyl alcohol into fuel additives at its nearby Bayport facility in Pasadena. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, 25 Oct. 2017 The plant will have the biggest production capacity in the world for these chemicals, capable of manufacturing 1 billion pounds of propylene oxide and 2.2 billion pounds of tertiary butyl alcohol a year. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, 25 Oct. 2017 The new LyondellBasell plant will make propylene oxide, which is used to make bedding, carpeting, coatings, building materials and adhesives, and the by-product tertiary butyl alcohol, which is refined into an additive that makes fuels burn cleaner. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, 25 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of butyl alcohol was circa 1868

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“Butyl alcohol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butyl%20alcohol. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

butyl alcohol

noun
: any of four flammable alcohols C4H9OH (as butanol) derived from butanes and used in organic synthesis and as solvents

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