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What does "Alcohol" mean?

Definition

(n.) A class of compounds analogous to vinic alcohol in constitution. Chemically speaking, they are hydroxides of certain organic radicals; as, the radical ethyl forms common or ethyl alcohol (C2H5.OH); methyl forms methyl alcohol (CH3.OH) or wood spirit; amyl forms amyl alcohol (C5H11.OH) or fusel oil, etc (n.) An impalpable powder (n.) Pure spirit of wine; pure or highly rectified spirit (called also ethyl alcohol); the spirituous or intoxicating element of fermented or distilled liquors, or more loosely a liquid containing it in considerable quantity. It is extracted by simple distillation from various vegetable juices and infusions of a saccharine nature, which have undergone vinous fermentation (n.) The fluid essence or pure spirit obtained by distillation


Synonyms drink, inebriant, intoxicant, alcoholic beverage


Example: "Alcohol (or drink) ruined him"


Word Family alcoholic, alcoholics, alcoholism, alcohols