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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The white noise of ethanol waves breaking over and over again on this asphalt shore. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "One Day at Daytona," 22 Mar. 2019 The declines were driven by a reduction in the value of Bunge’s soybean inventory and lower ethanol prices in Brazil, Bunge said. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Bunge Names Heckman Acting CEO, Warns on Profits," 22 Jan. 2019 Politicians in the past have sought to secure American energy independence with price controls, ethanol mandates and the oil export ban. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "How America Broke OPEC," 14 Dec. 2018 The amateur Danish space program had hoped to launch its most advanced rocket this week, which is powered by an engine with 1,100 pounds of thrust and runs on ethanol and liquid oxygen. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX doubles up, European resistance, condensed Kármán," 27 July 2018 This column is sad to note that the Trump administration is moving in the wrong direction on ethanol. James Freeman, WSJ, "The Dishwasher Rebellion," 27 June 2018 First developed with the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) in Washington State and the US Department of Energy, ATJ-SPK has a unique catalyst that removes oxygen from ethanol. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Virgin 747 Completes Transatlantic Flight With Fuel Made Partly From Industrial Waste," 5 Oct. 2018 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

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1892, in the meaning defined above

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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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