rubbing alcohol

noun

Definition of rubbing alcohol

: a cooling and soothing liquid for external application that contains approximately 70 percent denatured ethanol or isopropanol

Examples of rubbing alcohol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Clean pruners and other small garden tools with rubbing alcohol. oregonlive, 3 Jan. 2022 Aspirants must detect minute, varying concentrations of five liquids in water—ammonia, gin, wine (usually fino sherry), rubbing alcohol and vinegar. Richard Morgan, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2021 Blot the spot with a white cloth dampened with a small amount of rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining residue. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Dec. 2021 Dab away the oily residue using a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Dec. 2021 How to Control Mealybugs Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove the mealybugs. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Dec. 2021 So perhaps even the sub-60-percent formulations of rubbing alcohol would have been pretty effective. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 5 July 2019 For plants that have large leaves, many people prefer to use cotton swabs dipped in rubbing alcohol to rub the adults off and kill the nymphs. Neil Sperry Down To Earth, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Nov. 2021 Avoid using rubbing alcohol or disinfecting sprays to clean masks. Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of rubbing alcohol

1902, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rubbing alcohol was in 1902

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15 Jan 2022

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“Rubbing alcohol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rubbing%20alcohol. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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rubbing alcohol

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rubbing alcohol

: a liquid that contains alcohol and water and that is used to clean wounds or skin

rubbing alcohol

noun
rub·​bing alcohol | \ ˈrəb-iŋ-ˌ How to pronounce rubbing alcohol (audio) \

Medical Definition of rubbing alcohol

: a cooling and soothing liquid for external application that contains approximately 70 percent denatured ethanol or isopropyl alcohol

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