ethanol

noun
eth·​a·​nol | \ ˈe-thə-ˌnȯl How to pronounce ethanol (audio) , -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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Whether ethanol would have achieved sacramental status in Washington if Iowa did not have presidential caucuses is a subject for another day. George F. Will, The Denver Post, "Will: Trade war shows reality of “America First” in action," 25 Aug. 2019 Whether ethanol would have achieved sacramental status in Washington if Iowa did not have presidential caucuses is a subject for another day. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Trade war shows reality of ‘America First’ in action," 25 Aug. 2019 The plan was hashed out by Trump, as well as a representative of Archer Daniels Midland and senators from corn-growing and ethanol-producing states in a meeting at the White House on Thursday. Washington Post, "Trump reaches tentative biofuel deal," 14 Sep. 2019 Solutions of synthetic polymers, such as polyvinyl acetate, in acetone or ethanol, are used for this purpose. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "How to Discover Dinosaurs," 3 Sep. 2019 Farmers hit hard by Trump EPA's new ethanol rules are fuming President Donald Trump won the Midwest in 2016, thanks in no small part to farmers. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Florida on alert, Hong Kong activists detained & senior gamers: The Morning Rundown," 30 Aug. 2019 The oil industry, citing government data and other sources, disputes that figure and contends the waivers have not reduced ethanol consumption. Steve Karnowski, BostonGlobe.com, "Farmers’ loyalty to Trump tested over new corn-ethanol rules," 29 Aug. 2019 While innovators are scaling up bioplastics made from algae, mushrooms, and agricultural waste, bioplastics made from vegetable starch compete with food production, much like ethanol. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Single-use plastic is a problem but a bag ban is not the answer, not yet," 22 Aug. 2019 LanzaTech has cultivated a bacteria that can convert carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide into ethanol. Matthew Heimer, Fortune, "Fortune’s 2019 Change the World List: Companies to Watch," 19 Aug. 2019

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1892, in the meaning defined above

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ethanol

noun
eth·​a·​nol | \ ˈeth-ə-ˌnȯl How to pronounce ethanol (audio) , -ˌnōl How to pronounce ethanol (audio) \

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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