Definition of methanol
: a light volatile flammable poisonous liquid alcohol CH3OH used especially as a solvent, antifreeze, or denaturant for ethanol and in the synthesis of other chemicals
Recent Examples of methanol from the Web
These molecules include methanol and formamide, which are important building blocks for life.
The project has been lauded by Gov. Jay Inslee as one of the most innovative clean-energy efforts in the nation, and an alternative to a dirtier process in China that produces methanol from coal.
Herta's experience helped Rossi nurse his last full tank of fuel 36 laps to the end -- the last two laps with 0.65-gallons of methanol in the tank -- before running out at the end.
The teacher, who has not been identified, mixed boric acid and methanol and tried to light it without success, Chief David Foster, with the Village Fire Department told CNN affiliate KPRC.
The Memorial Villages fire chief later said the teacher mixed boric acid with methanol to show flames changing colors.
Another contingency plan calls for the injection of methanol, the chemical used in antifreeze, to keep supplies flowing.
But instead of embracing more typical approaches, like promoting nuclear or solar energy, Dr. Olah believed that the most promising alternative energy source was methanol.
Service reports that the team even soaked every piece of the mass spectrometer in methanol to clean it.
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Origin and Etymology of methanol
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1894See Words from the same year
METHANOL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of methanol for English Language Learners
: a poisonous alcohol that is used to keep liquids from freezing, as a fuel, etc.
Medical Definition of methanol
: a light volatile pungent flammable poisonous liquid alcohol CH3OH formed in the destructive distillation of wood or made synthetically and used especially as a solvent, antifreeze, or denaturant for ethanol and in the synthesis of other chemicals—called also carbinol, methyl alcohol, wood alcohol
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