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 How to fix it: Once per week (or as needed), pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto a cotton pad and wipe it all over your eyelash curler to de-gunk it. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "5 Biggest Mistakes You're Making With Your Eyelash Curler," 29 Oct. 2019 The primary flavor, however, is ethanol, which has a taste that evokes the smell of rubbing alcohol. Jeffrey Miller, The Conversation, "3 questions about vodka, answered," 3 Oct. 2019 One involves using a pencil eraser; another, a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Student’s fear of the future makes every day a struggle," 30 Sep. 2019 One involves using a pencil eraser; another, a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: College student’s incessant fear makes life seem an endless struggle," 30 Sep. 2019 Thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water. Dakota Kim, Sunset, "Your Complete Guide to Surviving Tick Season," 22 Jan. 2018 If any stains remain, sponge the surface with a cloth moistened in 1 cup rubbing alcohol and 1 cup warm water — but do a spot test on a hidden area first to make sure the fabric won't get damaged. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mold and Mildew in the Mustiest Corners of Your House," 6 Feb. 2019 If the wax is down into the fibers, put rubbing alcohol on a clean, white cloth, and blot and press until the wax is removed. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Educational partnership," 19 Aug. 2019 Another trick some gardeners use is to daub the mealy bug clusters with rubbing alcohol. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Zinnias can be added to summer gardens in Florida," 27 July 2019

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1902, in the meaning defined above

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17 Nov 2019

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rubbing alcohol

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rubbing alcohol

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

rubbing alcohol

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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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