methanol

noun

meth·​a·​nol ˈme-thə-ˌnȯl How to pronounce methanol (audio)
-ˌnōl
: 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

Examples of methanol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality told CNN the train was carrying anhydrous ammonia, sulfur and methanol. Sarah Dewberry, CNN, 6 July 2024 The cars were carrying anhydrous ammonia, sulfur and methanol, with ammonia posing the biggest risk, according to Bill Suess, spill investigation program manager for the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality. Michael Dorgan, Fox News, 6 July 2024 The tainted liquor was locally brewed and laced with methanol and then wrongly put on sale last Tuesday, according to Tamil Nadu state chief minister M.K. Stalin. Harriet Marsden, theweek, 24 June 2024 Producers of spurious liquor add toxic methanol to increase alcohol content inexpensively, according to a study. Anupama Chandrasekaran, NPR, 23 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for methanol 

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of methanol was in 1894

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“Methanol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/methanol. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

methanol

noun
meth·​a·​nol ˈmeth-ə-ˌnȯl How to pronounce methanol (audio)
-ˌnōl
: a light flammable poisonous liquid alcohol that consists of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen and is used especially as antifreeze and to dissolve things

Medical Definition

methanol

noun
meth·​a·​nol ˈmeth-ə-ˌnȯl How to pronounce methanol (audio) -ˌnōl How to pronounce methanol (audio)
: 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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