ethanol

noun
eth·a·nol | \ ˈe-thə-ˌnȯl , -ˌnōl , British also ˈē- \

Definition of ethanol 

: a colorless volatile flammable liquid C2H5OH that is the intoxicating agent in liquors and is also used as a solvent and in fuel

called also ethyl alcohol, grain alcohol

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Iowa’s tax rate rose 0.2 cents for fuels not blended with ethanol. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Gas taxes rise Sunday in 7 states as AAA projects record travel for July 4th," 1 July 2018 But leaders from ethanol-producing states fear that Cruz, a savvy political maneuverer, could now be influencing Trump in the other direction. Andrea Drusch, star-telegram, "Cruz’s one-man energy crusade | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Mar. 2018 The opportunity to utilize the CO2 from our ethanol production process as another co-product for sale further diversifies our revenues and improves Pacific Ethanol's profitability. Mark Glover, sacbee, "Sacramento's Pacific Ethanol Inc. has deal to sell CO2 | The Sacramento Bee," 7 Mar. 2018 At its simplest, making vinegar is as easy as taking any beverage that contains ethanol, a.k.a. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Make Your Own Homemade Vinegar," 19 July 2017 Firepits can be designed to burn wood, natural gas, propane or ethanol, and each type has pros and cons. Tim Mckeough, sacbee, "Shopping tips for firepits," 22 June 2018 Firepits can be designed to burn wood, natural gas, propane or ethanol, and each type has pros and cons. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "Shopping for Firepits," 18 June 2018 Opponents among corn growers and biofuels advocates criticized the EPA’s action, calling it evidence that EPA chief Scott Pruitt is backtracking on commitments to uphold federal mandates for how much ethanol is blended into gasoline. Christopher M. Matthews, WSJ, "EPA Gives $30 Million-Plus in Ethanol Credits to Oil Refiners, Angers Corn Growers," 31 May 2018 The quotas for the beef, for the bio-ethanol, for the auto industry. Stephen Miller, Houston Chronicle, "How federal legislation and private investment can help states recover from disasters," 16 Mar. 2018

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1892, in the meaning defined above

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ethanol

noun
eth·a·nol | \ ˈeth-ə-ˌnȯl , -ˌnōl \

Medical Definition of ethanol 

: a colorless volatile flammable liquid C2H5OH that is the intoxicating agent in liquors and is also used as a solvent

called also ethyl alcohol, grain alcohol

— see alcohol sense 1

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