rubbing alcohol


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 Overwhelming notes of Robitussin and rubbing alcohol. Theodore Gioia, The New Republic, "Death to the Negative Restaurant Review," 16 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, scalper bots, or something like them, were responsible for the rubbing alcohol and Lysol shortages during the early months of the pandemic. C. Brandon Ogbunu, Wired, "The Race to Get a PlayStation 5 Is the Year’s Best Game," 15 Dec. 2020 Earlier this year Lisa Mason, a 2000 British Olympian, said her coaches threw shoes at her, scratched her, and poured rubbing alcohol on her blistered and bleeding hands, raw from practicing on the uneven bars. Jennifer Sey, Glamour, "The Global Gymnastics Community Is Finally Facing a Reckoning," 3 Dec. 2020 Clean the frosted glass globe ornaments ($14 for nine, Target) with rubbing alcohol; let dry. Lauren Hedrick, Better Homes & Gardens, "Turn Inexpensive Glass Globes Into Colorful Ornaments in Just Two Steps," 19 Nov. 2020 Start with a gallon of hot water and half a cup or so of rubbing alcohol. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "There must be a better way to melt that ice slick on your walkway. Here are some ideas.," 12 Nov. 2020 For your equipment, a quick scrub with soapy water removes any dirt or grime, and a spray of your rubbing alcohol spray will bust the remaining bacteria. Harry Guinness, Popular Science, "Working out at home? Here’s how to keep your house from smelling like a gym.," 3 Sep. 2020 Lastly, Henry Rose created a Jake's House hand sanitizer, $10, to save everyone who's sick of smelling like rubbing alcohol all the time. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Michelle Pfeiffer Wants Your Whole Life to Smell Like Henry Rose," 26 Oct. 2020 Saturate a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and swipe it up and down the plates. Sian Babish,, "The best flat iron of 2020," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of rubbing alcohol

1902, in the meaning defined above

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28 Dec 2020

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“Rubbing alcohol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rubbing alcohol

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

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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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