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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The recall affects 9,000 of their gas station fueling hoses and swivel fittings which are used to dispense and transfer fuels including gasoline, diesel, ethanol blends, and biodiesel. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Recall Alert: Franklin Fueling Systems Gas Station Hoses," 16 Mar. 2016 Ethereal gin starts with a neutral base spirit—a highly concentrated high-proof ethanol. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Mysteries of Gin Revealed," 10 Aug. 2018 WASHINGTON - After years of discord over the federal mandate requiring ethanol to be blended into the nation's fuel supply, hope for a deal appeared on the horizon this week. Houston Chronicle, "As Trump seeks ethanol deal, oil industry resists," 13 Apr. 2018 Virgin Atlantic's recent transatlantic flight with an ethanol mixture shows the possibility of greener transportation. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Renewable Energy Will Grow Massively Across The Globe by 2023, Says IEA Report," 9 Oct. 2018 The company has a stake in reforms of the complicated Renewable Fuel Standard and the tax credit for companies that blend ethanol with gasoline. Steven Mufson, BostonGlobe.com, "With Andrew Wheeler at the helm, EPA likely to stay the course," 6 July 2018 Pruitt, who has a long history of support from the oil and gas industry, also issued some waivers to refiners that did not want to use ethanol. Justin Worland, Time, "Scott Pruitt Is Fighting a Growing List of Scandals by Going to the Heartland," 14 June 2018 Agricultural interests argue that any weakening now of requirements to use ethanol would compound the uncertainty felt by farmers after China last week outlined a retaliatory tariff on U.S. soybeans. Mario Parker, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Proposes Higher Ethanol Sales, Pledges Help for Refiners," 12 Apr. 2018 The company has a stake in reforms of the complicated Renewable Fuel Standard and the tax credit for companies that blend ethanol with gasoline. Steven Mufson, BostonGlobe.com, "With Andrew Wheeler at the helm, EPA likely to stay the course," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of ethanol

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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